Summer's Afternoon Insect Action 8/7/19Sunshine Annie 08 Jul
Busy bees on Bramble flowers and finding homes in the bug hotel on the barn. We had to be careful not to get in their way while we added more material to it! Some Cinnabar caterpillars on a nearly demolished Ragwort in the parking area gravel.
Finding My Special Place -17th June 2019Sunshine Annie 08 Jul
What part of UWNR have you picked?
I have picked an old tree that has fallen across the stream, just along from the artificial beaver dam.
Why have you picked this place?
I have picked this place because I think that it is beautiful and calm. It is quite secluded as it is a little way off the main path around the reserve.
What makes this area special for you?
I find this area special for many reasons. I love the fact that there is a little bit of flowing water. There is also a beautiful carpet of moss that covers the tree.
What do you see?
When I look around me I can see the stream, some other trees, ferns, sticky weed, moss, the beaver dam, leaves and undergrowth.
What colours do you notice?
I am completely overwhelmed by the colour green - there are so many different shades! There is also the browns of the trunk and the stream and the the occasional drop of colour where there is a wildflower.
What do you smell?
I can mainly smell 2 things - the rich muddy earth near the stream and the smell of new leaves adn trampled undergrowth and ferns.
What do you hear?
The most prominent thing I can hear is the Chiffchaff (which is endlessly calling), as well as other bird song. I can also hear the soft rustle of the leaves around me. There is also the very faint trickle of the stream.
What things live in, on and near this area?
There are lots of birds chattering in the trees so they must live near. There are lots of little bugs living in the roots of my tree and lots of insect life in the stream. There is some sort of rodent hole nearby, but I don't know who lives in it!
Environmental Artist - David NashLifeworks Art 05 Jul
Wondering how we might share our sense of awe and wonder for these precious woodlands using environmentally sound materials, we may have discovered something in these sculptures by David Nash. He only uses trees already fallen in recreating something of beauty from the natural world.
Kinniside CommonEnnerdale School 03 Jul
Our school visited Kinniside common on the 1st of July to compare the differences from two different sections of common land. The first section of common land was at Stair Knott in Wild Ennerdale. Our first visit to common land was on the 25th June where we surveyed different areas of land by using metre squares to record the different species of plants and animals that live there, when we went up to Kinniside Common we used this same method to identify the differences of species. When we went up to Kinniside Common there was a noticeable difference between the two sections of common land. The reason is that kinniside is being intensively grazed by 17 commoners. Walking back to school though we saw lots of flowers in the hedgerows and verges like the orchid above.
Summer Nature WalkMadhatteralfie 02 Jul
We followed the medium length orange trail around the nature reserve. We saw baby moorhens, female small blue butterflies, dragonflies and lots of wildflowers.
Stair Knott discoveriesEnnerdale School 01 Jul
We found a huge variety of different species. Over 50 that we knew the names of and lots more we didn't! We found lots of flora such as orchids, including a very rare bee orchid, heather, bilberry, crowberry, tormentil, heath bedstraw and thyme amongst many others. The fauna we found were things like bumble bees such as Bombus Lucorum, Bombus Lapidarius and an unusual cuckoo bee (a bee that lays it's eggs in another bumble bees nest just like the bird does called Bombus Sylvestris. Best of all was a bug Saul found. We didn't know what it was but Mr Moore got a picture of it and showed it to his wife, she didn't know either but knew an expert who did. It was a leafhopper called Planaphrodes bifasciata. It was only the 33rd time it had been spotted in Cumbria and 25 of those previous records were from before 1938!!! We discovered Stair Knott was full of wildlife!
Visit to Stair Knott - part of Wild EnnerdaleEnnerdale School 01 Jul
Tuesday 25th of June saw the juniors heading up the Ennerdale valley to explore Stair Knott which is an area of common land inside the wider area of Wild Ennerdale. Wild Ennerdale is a huge area of land which is jointly owned by The National Trust, United Utilities and the Forestry Commission. Their vision is, "to allow the evolution of Ennerdale as a wild valley, for the benefit of people, relying more on natural processes to shape its landscape and ecology". One of the main things they have done is to restrict grazing to just a handful of cattle over the whole area. We are going to compare how the common land area within in it contrasts with another area of common nearby which is still intensively grazed by commoners. Today was our chance to carry out surveys to show what flora and fauna exists at Stair Knott.
Conservation work on Glenridding CommonPatterdale School 30 Jun
On Thursday 27th June (a very hot day) the juniors set off up to Glenridding Common to carry out a survey of vegetation on the peat bog above Greenside Mines. We found a healthy bog with very little exposed peat and plenty of vegetation covering it. We found sphagnum moss, cotton grass and even sundew, along with heather. We were surprised by the depth of the peat, almost 2 metres in places. We also found a newt in the stream we too measurements from, and a frog. The water was slightly acidic but clean. We visited the junipers that are being protected from sheep grazing and the beautiful shimmering Aspens. This was a great way to undertake our conservation work, but also a new place to explore and discover.