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Fromus open day success

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SFPT enjoyed a wonderfully sunny open day at our Fromus reserve on Sunday afternoon.  The cut hay was rowed whilst visitors and guardians enjoyed recording the wildlife and hearing about the amazing historical significance of the site.  Early on, a yellowhammer greeted visitors from a vantage point high up in a dead tree and, later, a hobby cruised over meremeadow.  Butterflies were plentiful for the big butterfly count: mainly meadow browns and gatekeepers but sightings of painted ladies, tortoiseshell and common blue added to the mix.  Dragonflies were abundant – 2 pairs of large hawkers droned high overhead and the ruddy darters were clasped in tandem.  Local planthopper recorders hoovered & pootered one uncut meadow, expecting up to 12 different species and finding a bishop’s mitre shield bug and a lovely grasshopper very early on.  Watermint at the pond edge, teasel on the river bank and waterplantain provided splashes of lilac and the meadow vetchling was profusely flowering, with its characteristic black pods in evidence.  Later in the day a green woodpecker was spotted and a moth trap was set – yielding 13 positive species identifications, a hornet and a burying beetle.

You can see more images from the day in our summer gallery and you can visit Fromus again on 13th September at our next open day when the hedgerow should provide you with abundant blackberries and there may be mushrooms – if you know what you’re doing!  Neil Mahler, Suffolk’s fungi recorder, found oyster mushrooms on Sunday – but the squirrels had beaten us to the feast!  There will also be a chance to taste last year’s sloe gin and decide for yourself what the best combination of gin, sloe & sugar should be!

Keep following us for the full records from the day, which will be posted as they come in.

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