|Bee on a Dandelion at Calley Heath|
Even though we couldn't get out as much I still managed to get to four new reserves over Easter as well as visiting an old favourite - Fairburn Ings which is a lovely RSPB reserve I go to quite often. This was a lovely little walk and I saw quite a few nice bird species, Reed Bunting, Tree Sparrows, Nuthatches, Marsh Tit,
So where did I get to?
|At Ledsham Bank|
|Flowers emerging at Ledsham|
|The Red Legged Partridge amongst|
the flowers at Ledsham
As I was walking back to the car I spotted a lovely Red Legged Partridge in the graveyard which sat nicely for a photo! This was a beautiful, yet challenging, bird to take photos of, not only because I hardly get the opportunity to, but the colours on them are really nice too. I love taking pictures of less spotted but beautiful birds, even if they do run behind gravestones every 5 seconds... :-)
|I had to put on a lab coat |
- they didn't have my size!
You're supposed to get a mentor to help with the Crest award but as I didn't have one they arranged for me to have a visit to the science lab which, I have to admit, was pretty amazing, a place called FERA just outside York. I got shown round by a scientist there, an Entomologist but I also got to meet plant pathologists and other people there. Saw lots of interesting stuff but you can't take photos in the labs.
|A longhorn beetle model and |
a sign you don't see everyday.
Anyway after that I went to a new couple of reserves.
|On the stile at Allerthorpe|
|It was a bit challenging getting there!|
|The heath is lovely - love the|
little snake symbol on the sign
|A lovely fly - Tachina ursina|
|Entrance to Calley Heath|
Well this one wasn't too far away from Allerthorpe Common. To get to it we had to park in a car park and then cross the main road to get to it. But once we were in there, it was beautiful, the first thing we saw was the Marsh Marigold which is in the picture on the right, but we also saw a lot more. They had rare breed sheep grazing the fields to keep the scrub down. I then saw one of my first bees of the year, which was tricky to get a photo of seeing as I'm a bit nervous of bees and wasps, but as you can see at the top I got a pretty good shot.
|Carabus nemoralis crawling over|
Well that's about it for now. Hope to get out to some more reserves soon especially as the insects seem to be appearing and the flowers are blooming.
Hope you enjoyed.