I had a quick wander at the moss today to check out the new boardwalk, lots of dragonflies (mostly four spot chasers) and damselflies (Azure and large red). Then on to the view point over the moss. Three Hobbies were feeding over the moss. As I was watching Ste Dodd arrived and we had a great chat and catch up. He was also on the lookout for hobbies and mentioned that he had seen them feeding over the mini moss. So the boardwalk could give a great platform from which to view them feeding in close up. I didn’t get a photo myself but the one above was taken by Phil Rees over the moss a few years ago.
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Here is a link to the long awaited response of the council to what is happening towards replacing the Tower that was destroyed by and act of vandalism last year.
See what you think and send us a response are post on the facebook link. As you can see from the press release this is nothing new to those who have followed this but at least we now have something in writing from Warrington Borough Council.
It is nearly 6 months since arsonists burned down the Risley Moss Cruden Observation Tower and there has been much discussion as to what should replace it. The good news is that Warrington Borough Council are committed to replacing the old structure, but with what is uncertain at this stage. Consultations are ongoing and in the New Year there will be a public consultation on the proposals which Risley Moss Action Group (RIMAG) will make public as soon as possible.
RIMAG are coordinating the fund raising efforts of the local community and many donations have been channelled their way. One such donation came from Spectrum Striders, who used income from the Birchwood 10K in August to raise a donation of £500. Janet Redpath, the 2017 Spectrum Striders Race Director, along with committee member Jenny McIntyre, presented a cheque to the rebuilding fund. The Race Director said this was a way of the runners putting something back into the community. The cheque was received by Mark Cozens of the Warrington Borough Council Ranger Service and Dr Paul Speake, Chair of RIMAG.
Groups have also raised funds by completing the Three Peaks Challenge of Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis or donating to the fund via a GoFundMe page, along with donations from the Friends of Birchwood Forest Park. Specific fund-raisers have been organised by RIMAG and a trio of local Mums, Emma, Sian and Karen known affectionately as the Coven, who organised the Halloween Event raising £2,500. The total for the fund now sits at over £7300 and RIMAG intend to organise more events in the coming months.
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?
Any Ideas can be e-mailed to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks you any input will be greatly received and put forward to the council as to what the public would like to see.
Risley moss Action Group and the Tower Fund
Risley Moss Action Group are liaising with Warrington Borough Council and their Rangers in order to raise money for the refurbishment of the iconic fire damaged observation tower. If any one wishes to donate to this fund cheques made payable to Risley Moss Action Group can be handed into the rangers at the moss or deposited in the donations box in the visitor centre at the moss. Any donations will be administered solely by Risley Moss Action Group and passed on to the council as and when the plans for the Tower come to fruition. As RIMAG is a registered charity (No: 1041935) and if you are a current tax payer then we can claim monies from the Government under the flag of Gift Aid, to supplement your donation by 25%. Please download (Gift Aid Declaration) and return the signed form with your donations.
We are also working on setting up a donations page on our website through the medium of PayPal when this is established we will post more information.
If anyone has any idea as to what they would like to replace the tower then the Rangers, RIMAG and the Council are open to any suggestions. We are currently working in the framework to produce something that would be iconic but it would have to conform to full disability access as well as being iconic to fit in with current building regulations. If you have any ideas then e-mail us on email@example.com
Garden Bumble Bees
Saturday 11th March
Risley Moss Local Nature Reserve
11.00am – 12.30pm
A talk by local expert George Pilkington on the ecology of bumble bees, their pests and his own innovative bumble bee nest boxes
Cost – £3 per person – Includes light refreshments
George is kindly donating any money generated to the Risley Moss Green Safari Fund
UK FUNGUS DAY
Sunday 9th October 2016
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.
RISLEY MOSS Species list
October 9th 2016
Agaricus (sylvaticus) Wood mushroom
Annulohypoxylon multiforme Birch Woodwart
Auricularia auricula-judaea Jelly Ear
Boletus badius Bay Bolete
Chlorociboria aeruginascens Green Elf Cup
Clitocybe (fragrans) Fragrant Funnel
Coprinellus micaceus Glistening Inkcap
Coprinopsis atramentarius Common Inkcap
Daedalea quercina Oak Mazegill
Entoloma sp Pinkgill
Ganoderma australe Southern Bracket
Helvella crispa Common Saddle
Hypholoma fasciculare Sulphur Tuft
Inocybe geophylla White Fibrecap
Laccaria laccata The Deceiver
Lacrymaria lacrymabunda Weeping Widows
Lactarius tabidus Birch Milkcap
Lepiota cristata Stinking Dapperling
Lepista flaccida Tawny Funnel
Lycoperdon perlatum Common Puffball
Lyophyllum decastes Clustered Domecap
Mycena galericulata Common Bonnet
Mycena vitilis Snapping Bonnet
Paxillus involutus Brown Roll-rim
Phallus impudicus Stinkhorn
Pholiota squarrosa Shaggy Scalycap
Piptoporus betulinus Birch polypore, Razorstrop Fungus
Psathyrella multipedata Clustered Brittlestem
Russula ochroleuca Ochre Brittlegill
Scleroderma citrinum Common Earthball
Scleroderma verrucosum Scaly Earthball
Trametes versicolor Turkeytail
Xylaria hypoxylon Candle nuff/Stagshorn
10 October 2016
Brackets are most likely but not absolutely certain identifications
Many thanks for Tom for this report on the species seen at risley moss on Sunday and I hope all who attended had a good time and came away with more appreciation of the Fungi around us.
Although there can be some lingering summery weather in late September, we are definitely into autumn in October. Even so, you may still see the odd butterfly on warmer days; these are likely to be species such as Peacock that over-winter as adults and will be the first to appear in spring. Unfortunately, this is 5-6 months away, so enjoy them while you can. There are also still some late dragonflies around, in fact i saw a few darters there on Sunday.
Most of the summer migrant birds have now left and we can look forward to the arrival of the winter visitor birds. Usually, the first are flocks of Redwing, which often arrive during the night but can be detected by their thin, high whistle. Often they can arrive in large numbers that are very hungry and can strip berry bearing trees such as hawthorn in a few hours.
The Redwing is slightly smaller and darker than the Song Thrush and easily identified by the red mark under its wing. If you see a flock of thrushes feeding in bushes or on fields, they are almost certain to be Redwings.
As the leaves start to fall, you can see fungi around the site, especially after damp weather. Some of the fungi such as the Birch Bracket fungus can be seen all through the year but is far more obvious in winter. You can see them on the branches and trunks of many dead birch trees around the site. If you are lucky, you may also see the classically coloured Fly Agaric on the woodland floor. This species is poisonous, as are several others so if in doubt, don’t pick them!
The larger Hawker dragonfly species become more noticeable as we go into September although there are still many smaller Darter dragonflies around.
One of the rarer species on the site, the Migrant Hawker, starts to appear in September. This species is unusual in that the adults are comparatively tolerant of each other whereas the other species are constantly tussling. So if you see several large dragonflies that are flying together, they could be Migrant Hawkers like this one.
There are still some large butterflies about in September, particularly those that will eventually over-winter as adults or those that are migratory and only arrive in late summer here. One fairly common migratory species to look out for is the Red Admiral and, if you are very lucky, you may see a Painted Lady.
Many of the summer birds are now leaving for warmer over-wintering locations. Although their songs make them very obvious when they arrive, they mostly slip away quietly and un-noticed. The main exception to this is the Swallow. On occasions it will be possible to see hundreds passing through. Risley Moss can also be a ‘drop-in’ for birds on passage from more northerly breeding areas so there is always the chance of unexpectedly seeing rare species.
September is also when fungi start to appear. The large white cone-shaped ones you can see along the paths are likely to be Shaggy Ink-caps. This species is edible but, unless you are an expert, do not take them as some species are very poisonous. Also if you want to learn more about Fungi come to an event in October :
Sunday 9th October 10.00am to 12 noon
Bring all the family along and join our local enthusiast on this introduction to mushrooms and toadstools and learn some funky fungus facts and some foraging skills in the woodland.
Places are limited so please book in advance on 01925 824339