Posted by: mynaturaldiary | July 7, 2013

Eriophorum euphoria

At the top of Guisborough Forest lies the Moor.

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And between the distant horizon and the wall is a white patch.

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This is Cotton Grass (Eriophorum), which grows in the acidic peat soil.

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Cotton Grass (Eriophorum)

In the woods, more plants grow, including Foxgloves

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Red Campion

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Ranunculus

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and Cow Parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris)

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In the heather lies little patches of froth – Cuckoo spit.

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This is the home for the larvae (spittlebugs) that will become froghoppers.

In the wood is a male Blackbird with a meal.

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Blackbird (Turdus merula)

And on the Moor, a Lapwing calls out its warning.

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Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)

Now a rarer sight. In a distant tree, a Jay.

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Jay (Garrulus glandarius)

Eventually it flies off, back into the forest.

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Finally, a Mistle Thrush rises from the grassland at the edge of the Woods.

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Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus)


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