News from Jo Day for June 2012

  • Friday 29 June

    13:27 29 June 2012
    By Jo Day

    Our volunteers counting the enormous amount of orchids
    June saw the launch of the Barrow Spring Watch in association with Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Natural England and the National Trust.  The launch was held at Barrow Dock Museum on a very dull drizzly morning.  We ran games and crafts and there was lots of wildlife to learn about, both the kids and adults that attended seemed to enjoy themselves.
    During the half term break we ran a stream dipping event which seemed to coincide with the worst week of weather in June.  However three families braved the rain and had a whale of a time and met up with lots of creepy crawlies from the creek!
    For the bigger kids we put on an Introduction to plants of the sand dunes and coast walk and talk and ran a number of guided walks for all sorts of groups.

    We participated in Barrow's Big Clean run by the Evening Mail and Barrow Borough Council which involved a mass litter pick along the beach.  It was well attended particularly by the dignitaries from the Council, the police and our usual hardy volunteers.

    Wildlife Sightings
    The dragons came out in force with the emperor dragonfly stealing the show from the four spotted chaser and the common darter.
    The fritillary butterflies are coming out and numerous dark green fritillaries have been recorded
    Emperor Dragonfly eating a Common Darter
     We have stunning displays of orchids including common spotted, heath spotted, early marsh, northern marsh and the very beautiful bee orchid.
    Bee orchid
     Natterjack toadlets have now started to emerge and can be found running for their lives on the boardwalks.
    Toadlet still with its tail

News from Jo Day

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Having looked across the Duddon Estuary to the lakeland fells for 3 years it was time to jump across and start working for the West Lakes team. It has been a big leap from a sand dune system but I'm getting stuck into the more practical side of "Rangering" and sharing my love of the ecological side of things with my new team. Hopefully I'll see you at our 50 things events here in Wasdale!?