Wednesday, 19 December 2012
Amethyst Deceiver - Laccaria amethystina
A recent illustration featured on a soon-to-be-installed interpretation board at Kenilworth Common Local Nature Reserve.
First described in 1778, this lovely fungi is often found in dark, damp leaf litter and is especially abundant under beech trees. The colour deepens when wet and particularly vivid when young. In dry conditions it fades to white. The cap starts off convexed becoming almost flat and pales as it matures. You'll find it between June and November.
Posted by Jacqui Bricknell at Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Thursday, 6 December 2012
Norfolk Wildlife Trust - Ranworth Broad
I have just returned from a visit to a outstanding nature reserve - Ranworth one of the most popular broads in Norfolk. An extraordinary site where on approach is quite unassuming. A grand 200 year old oak greets you before following an astounding board walk winding through a succession of woodland, swampy habitats and reedbed. Here you'll find the iconic swallowtail butterfly amongst a wonderful variety of wildlife.
Yet it isn't until you reach the unique floating wildlife centre and step inside that you get to see the expansive broad itself. Of both national and international importance for wildlife, the broad hosts large numbers of birds and wildfowl including one of Britain's largest inland cormorant roosts.
This year during these quiet winter months when the centre is closed, there is much work being done to develop the visitor experience. I am working with a dedicated and talented team from Norfolk Wildlife Trust, on an extensive interpretation project that will form part of the exciting new Broads Wildlife Centre, open to the public on March 23, 2013.
For further information: http://www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk/ranworth.aspx
Posted by Jacqui Bricknell at Thursday, December 06, 2012