Shot of the Day
I had arranged to meet Carole and Malcolm take a walk at Watchtree Nature Reserve just to the west of Carlisle then on to The Wellington Inn at Great Orton for Sunday lunch. Carole's friend Pat joined us for the trip. When we arrived at the nature reserve the conditions were perfect for a walk and photography. Watchtree was originally a burial site for animals that were stricken with foot and mouth disease during the 2001 outbreak. It is now a well established and well run nature reserve despite its dark beginnings. Well worth a visit.
Some of the turbines that dominate the landscape
Watchtree affords some great panoramic views towards the Cumbria Fells
We passed the wetlands area.....
.......on the way to Pow Wood
Carole scans the woodland floor for any signs of fungi
A few years ago Anne and I came on a foraging day with Carole and Malcolm which was great fun and informative but unfortunately my slightly aging brain never retained any of the information that was passed on. So if anyone can identify any of the following I would be grateful.
The path was host to mating pairs of Ruddy Darter Dragonflies
A well constructed hide but there was little see at the time
On the way to the pond in Pond Wood I made a mental note to ask at the information centre what was the purpose of the plastic that was tied round the tree.
There was a good variety of Dragonflies flitting about but they were to quick for me to get any decent shots
Brambles were in abundance
Can anyone identify this little fellow?
We eventually arrived back at the visitor centre and got the chance to inquire about the plastic round the tree. I was told by Ryan Dobbs it was to deter Stoats.
Ryan also told us there was a foraging day on the 16th of October. See the website for more information.
We finished the outing with an excellent meal at the Wellington Inn, Great Orton.