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Harehope Quarry Project

Nature

Marvellous moths

Carol Inskipp set a moth trap up in the quarry on Tuesday evening.  Even though the weather was clear and cold she caught 54 moths and 20 different species.  There were some really amazing moths.  My favourites are the Buff…
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Not so dingy

Our glorious sunshine has brought out some of our rarer species in the quarry.  An ecologist last week recorded the Dingy Skipper in several locations in Harehope Quarry. This is a small brown and grey butterfly, which is found in Britain…
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Spring has finally sprung

After what seems like a very long winter spring has finally sprung.  We could almost see the leaves coming out on the Alder this weekend and the catkins on the goat willow have been wonderful.

Frozen

It has been a very cold week but lovely and bright at times.  There have been some great ice features in the quarry so we thought we would share them with you. The dying salmon had moved so little its fin…
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Living roof

It has taken three years but the roofs of both the house and the boat shed at Harehope Quarry are finally flowering well. The living roofs have struggled with the dry springs we have had for the past few years…
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No sign of the bee orchids

The bee orchids usually start to appear about now, both in the quarry and at the Tip End but this year there is no sign of them.  We assume that conditions in May were too dry for them.  The photo…
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Early foraging

The time finally seems right to start some early foraging.  The wild garlic is now well out of the ground and we can replenish our stocks of dried wild garlic to last throughout the year.  It is great to sprinkle…
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Thank you for volunteering!

We had a really successful volunteer day last Saturday.  We did the usual maintenance that is always required this time of year – some of the wooden planks on the balcony were replaced, a shed roof was re-felted, the Frosterley Marble…
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Tree planting

The next few weeks will see intensive efforts to plant more trees before the weather does really start to get warmer.  A bed of basket willow has been planted this week and pruning has begun on the fedge.  The cuttings…
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First signs of spring

I know it is still only January but it felt like spring in the quarry this morning.  A great time to get out and about and explore.  There is lots to see at the moment; goosander fishing in the river,…
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