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18 Sep 17

Mosses and liverworts survey

From 18th to 20th September 2017, Ben Averis was at Thornythwaite surveying bryophytes (mosses and liverworts). Our rangers met him there to learn about these fascinating little plants. Ben has found 176 species here, showing that Thornythwaite is one of the very best woods for bryophytes in the Lake District. This rich flora of 'little green things' – which are not all green, by the way – reflects the very wet climate in Borrowdale and includes many uncommon species, some of which are strongly associated with ancient woodland.

clump of lower plants held

01 Sep 17

Late hay cut allows wildflowers to set seed

Cutting the hay needs a run of dry days to allow the grass to dry before its baled - but dry days don't often come together in the Lakes in August. At least leaving the hay cut until this late in the year helps the wildflower seeds. The process in the picture is known as 'tedding', normally done a day or two after the initial hay cut, tedding helps the hay to get thoroughly dry, and also shakes the wildflower seeds out onto the ground before the baling starts.

Joe in the tractor tedding the cut hay before baling

18 Aug 17

moth trapping creates baseline data set

Volunteers from Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre at Tullie House, Carlisle, spent a damp August night surveying moth species at Thorneythwaite. Their survey will provide a 'baseline' so that we can see in future years if the nature-friendly-farming we're putting in place here is contributing to the National Trust's work to reverse the decline in wildlife species across England.