We at RIMAG where wondering what would be the best structure to replace the Tower at the reserve. But then we thought what do the local people want to see and what would best serve their needs. So we would like your input. Do you have a drawing or suggestion as to what could replace the tower to best utilse and enhance the view?
The foray took place at Risley Moss near Warrington which is an SSSI managed by the ranger service of Warrington Borough Council with voluntary support from the local community Action Group. The main part of the site is the former Lancashire mossland which is being restored to its former glory. However the foray took place within the predominantly Birch woodland which surrounds the moss
Fifteen people attended the foray including the Chair of the Action Group and two young enthusiasts who were invaluable in searching out fungi from the more impenetrable parts.
Fungi were a bit few and far between but thirty five species were identified. These were used to describe aspects of fungi such as their form, what to look for when identifying them, where they grow, mycorrhiza, the importance of mycorrhiza and their role in the ecological cycle.
The highlights included the Earthstars and Stinkhorn eggs and the BMS Pocket Guide was helpful in revealing what it looked like when mature. These along with the Saddles, Jelly Ear, Stagshorn, Woodwarts and various brackets helped to demonstrate the great variety of shapes and sizes.
The most dramatic of the gilled fungi were Sulphur Tuft and Glistening Ink-cap which were seen in prufusion bursting out of several decaying tree stumps.
It is getting nearer to hacking and wacking time again! Mark has identified the dates below that fit with his other commitments.
Sunday 30th October (Clocks go back)
Sunday 27th November
Sunday 18th December
Sunday 22nd January 2017
Sunday 19th February
Sunday 12th March
All events will start at 10:00 at the Visitor Centre. Please have warm, weatherproof clothing and appropriate footwear and a packed lunch. Tools and essential safety gear (e.g. gloves and protective glasses) will be provided.
Come and join us at Risley Moss: there will be lots going on in the woods. You’ll find displays and demonstrations, games to play, things to buy and stalls with loads of interesting things to see and do. There will be guided walks out on the moss, one of the rare events when we can take you out to see what lives and crawls about there.
Come and join in the fun and see what the countryside on your doorstop has to offer, watch as carvings evolve from stone or see how the willow can be woven into beautiful and useful objects. Watch a falconry display, or get down with the creepy crawlies.
Had a great workday on the moss clearing some trees and gorse from the side of the path towards the centre copse. The highlight of the day was a peacock (not the one seen in the photo unfortunately, today’s kept taking off as I tried to get close enough to photograph it) on the wing latest I’ve ever seen a butterfly of any description. Other sightings were two buzzards, a sparrowhawk and a greater black-backed gull. Phill spotted a brief flight of a water rail whilst Mark supplied some much welcomed mince pies.
Hi to all those who turned up to the Christmas crafts event on Sunday, It was fantastic to see such a great variety of ideas and creations, each one different. It was also nice to hear so many stories from people who have come to the event for many years and their reasons for attending. Thank you all for such an enjoyable session. A big thank you goes to all who purchased the reindeer to which will go someway to helping pay for the bird feed in the woodland hide this winter.
Tomorrow night’s meeting has been postponed until the 8th of October at 19:00 at the Poachers as usual. Sorry for the messing around but could you pass this message on to any one who may not get it directly.