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Devenish Nature Reserve, Little Durnford
Location details and other information about the Reserve can be found here.
All of the images (with one exception - the Brown Hairstreak butterfly) were taken at the Reserve.
Up on 'The Ridge'
Balwen sheep with rather splendid white tails. 10 February 2024
Sheep may safely graze....
Eleven Balwen sheep graze Orchid Bottom. KMOC January 2024
Steps up to The Ridge
Wasp Spider (Image: Richard Death)
The Wasp Spider is really quite large and brightly coloured, mimicking a wasp's pattern. It isn't dangerous, but uses its strong colouring to suggest that it has a nasty sting, like a wasp, and hopes to warn predators to keep away. It builds a large orb web in long grass, to trap its favourite food of grasshoppers. It arrived in the UK in the last 10-15 years, from continental europe - probably blown on a "parachute web". It is restricted to southern England, but is making its way north.
Wasp Spider - underside
Image 2 of 2 taken at the Devenish by Richard Death on 17 August 2020
Blue trail waymarker
There are way-marked trails to follow or visitors can simply wander around at will.
A safe way to access the higher areas of the Reserve.
One of five 'fairy doors'
There's a Fairy Trail of colourful bird boxes for younger visitors to spot.
One of the resident grass-cutters
Volunteers at work March 2018
Planting a mixed hedge of blackthorn, wayfarer, wild rose and wild plum to encourage Brown Hairstreak butterflies to lay their eggs in the Reserve.
Hedging whips (young plants)
supported by canes and protected from nibbling animals by plastic sleeves
What it is hoped the new hedge will attrack (library image)
More residents keeping the undergrowth under control.
Protected from 'nibblers' by a woven frame of branches
new growth on hazel
a year after being coppiced
The policy at the Reserve is to leave diseased trees alone, hopefully allowing other trees to build up a resistance.
Volunteers were busy planting more bluebells in the autumn of 2018
Scarlet elfcap fungus
attractive green moss
start of the trails
Judas' Ear fungus
Auricularia auricula-judae, commonly known as Judas' Ear, jelly ear, wood ear, or by a number of other common names, is a species of edible fungus. Image taken 1 Jan 2019
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