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Wild Rosedale

Rosedale is a wild and rugged landscape and is teeming with wildlife. In this section you will find posts relating to nature and events that celebrate our rich countryside.

Green hairstreak butterfly

Another lovely butterfly is on the wing this weekend. The green hairstreak is a small butterfly found on the moor here in Rosedale favouring the bilberry plant. It can be hard to spot as its wings underneath are bright green and very similar in colour to bilberry leaves. When it lands it immediately closes its wings blending perfectly in to the background. Often seen in sunny sheltered positions. Updale Natural History Recorder

Green hairstreak

Spring is starting to spring

The sun keeps tempting us out here in Rosedale and its all starting to happen. Frogspawn is a sure sign that Spring is starting. Lots in the ponds on the edge of the old railway line. This lovely Round-leaved crowfoot Ranunculus omiophyllus is also showing itself up there in acidic pools. Attractive green scalloped leaves that float on the water with tiny white star-like flowers. Updale Natural History Recorder

Frogspawn sharing the pool with Round-leaved crowfoot

Frogspawn sharing the pool with Round-leaved crowfoot

Round-leaved crowfoot, Ranunculus omiophyllus

Fabulous Fungi in Rosedale

Some spectacular fungus out there just now. Yellow Brain fungus Tremella mesenterica, is hard to miss, its golden yellow looking so unnatural. Jelly Ear fungus Auricularia auricula-judae is perhaps less obvious but is just beautifully formed in a rich brown. Both are jelly-like and found on dead or decaying trees. Updale Natural History Recorder

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Yellow Brain fungus on decaying Ash tree

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Jelly Ear fungus on decaying Elder tree

 

We could be on the right side of winter

To hear the curlews back in the dale early this morning was fantastic.  This doesn’t herald Spring but we know we are now on the right side of Winter.  That distinct bubbling call is such a welcome sound in February.  The golden plover are also back on the moor and have been for a couple of weeks but only in the last few days have they been displaying and calling in flight.  A great place to see and hear both is up on the moor at Rosedale East on the bridleways heading north from the railway line above Dale Head Farm Tea Garden.  Updale Natural History Recorder

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Curlew

Golden plover

Golden plover

Fascinating fungi

Some stunning fungi to look out for at the moment here in Rosedale. This magnificent Parasol Macrolepiota procera and this tiny club fungus Golden Spindle Clavulinopsis fusiformis are just a couple of examples up on the edge of the moor on the old railway line. Remember, unless you really know your stuff treat all fungi as poisonous. Updale Natural History Recorder

Parasol

Parasol

Golden spindle

Golden spindle

Tufted vetch

A beautiful wild flower that adorns some of our roadside verges at the moment is tufted vetch vicia cracca, a member of the pea family. A shower of colour, deep violet through to pale mauve cascades as it weaves its way through vegetation using its tendrils. At its best through August. Updale Natural History Recorder

A shower of colour

A shower of colour