(English) Tropical house and signs of Autumn
Our walk in the Great Glasshouse had yielded some interesting results, but the one on the 22nd to the Tropical House wasn’t quite so good, mainly because it was so hot and steamy – no surprise there but it did shorten the time spent there. Not much to see except woodlice, spiders and some fung, including a white one with curly edges, growing on a damp log. Outside in water-lily troughs there were loads of leeches and flat worms under lily leaves.
However, John set up his hedgehog hibernating box next to the footprint trap. This was filled with straw and covered it with roofing felt held down with a brick; we wait and see………. It is a very sheltered position behind the Bee garden wall so might escape worst of winter storms.
After lunch a visit to the library where Margot discussed cataloging our results to date – and maybe on website in future. This is certainly going to be an important facet of what we do next year. The following Tuesday on the 29th was after the St. Jude’s day storm. Fortunately the worst of the winds passed us by, though the rain didn’t. The results of that deluge can be seen below and it is interesting to compare it with the same photo taken back in March.The Dawn Redwood has fine flattened leaves which turn a bright orange colour before they drop in the autumn. Unlike most conifers the leaflets are attached at the same point of the stem whereas with most other trees with this type of foliage they will be alternately spaced along the stem. Which is how those of the similar Swamp Cypress are arranged whose foliage also turns bright red before falling. This tree is also known as the Bald Cypress due to the fact that it is deciduous and, like the closedly related Dawn Redwood in its habit of shedding whole segments rather than just the leaves. The wood is extremely durable, waterproof and does not shrink, which makes it ideal for use in barrels and as window frames. Gower Bird hospital. on 01792 371630. Thanks to John for the photos and if any volunteer or member is interested in joining us please send an email to Colin Miles – you DON’T have to be an expert in anything, just interested. If you click on any of the images in these blogs, or anywhere else you will see a larger picture. And if you click on the Wildlife Walks heading on the left-hand side under News you will see a list of the last 10 Wildlife Walk blogs