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April in Orchid Glade

Report for Orchid Glade : April 2017 Sunny, chilly and very dry April 13th in the Orchid Glade. The reserve is a vision in green, and since I was last here several new shades have added to the effect because different species of trees and shrubs have unfurled their brand-new leaves. The ever-hungry fallow deer […]

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SFPT Report for Fromus Meadows April 2017

Spring in the meadows April 15th at our Fromus Meadows nature reserve, and with no sign of the end of the mini drought, the river Fromus is almost at a standstill. Blackthorn in the thick old hedgerows has been flowering for some time, but the clouds of snowy blossoms have now lost their sparkle. The […]

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Tree Creeper

We have a new record for the reserve of a tree creeper.  Photos and sighting by recording co-ordinator Rose Battye.             Also, an ID (Adrian Chalkley) of more pondlife (photo by Jools):           This is an early instar (i.e. young) larva of a lesser diving beetle. […]

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Water Fleas

Adrian Chalkley, Suffolk County Recorder: Freshwater Invertebrates, attended our open day on 1st April and took some pondlife specimens home for identification down the microscope.  Here are the results:                               “The photos are all taken through my microscope and the water fleas […]

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Cattle at the reserve

Rare Breed English White Cattle             Cattle grazing 2016-17  for traditional Suffolk meadowland enhancement at Simpson’s Fromus Reserve The Trust’s objective at Simpson’s Fromus Reserve is to enhance the floral richness of these ancient meadows. Since February 2008 the reserve has been entered in organic environmental stewardship.  The first rule […]

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Open day review

No Fooling! It might have been April 1st, but there were no pranks.  The sun shone down on a glorious open day to inspire you for our freshwater habitat competitions.  If you couldn’t make it, you can read back in the seasonal diary for some highlights and read on, here, to see what you missed! […]

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But is it art?

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Aquatic environmental essay inspiration

Pond Dipping At our open day on April 1st we were thinking about the aquatic environment.  We are hoping inspire poets to enter our poetry competition, but also budding environmentalists at school to enter our essay competition.  With that in mind, Adrian Chalkley – the Suffolk County Recorder of Freshwater Invertebrates – was pond-dipping at […]

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Poetry Inspiration

If you were able to visit our Fromus Valley reserve yesterday, hopefully you will have been inspired by the tranquil beauty of the place, alive with spring birdsong and primroses.  If you weren’t able to make it, but would like to enter our competition, this little video of the Fromus flowing gently downstream might get […]

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POETRY PLEASE Suffolk poets are invited to enter a competition for 2018 Poems concerning aquatic features and watery wildlife will be included in the 2018 book in the adult education series published by the Suffolk Flora Preservation Trust on the general subject of the Trust’s reserves.*  Foremost among the highlights is the river Fromus, which […]

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