A team of Ferring Conservation Group members met for a nature event at Warnham Nature Reserve.
It was pouring with rain, but, undeterred, guide Jacob Everitt, ecologist and reserve warden for Horsham District Council, netted a Common Blue Damselfly roosting by a pond and gave the 10 attending group members a lively demonstration of its anatomy. He showed them how to handle damselflies and dragonflies, their differences and life cycles.
Fortunately the weather improved and they set out across the meadow to identify the many wild flowers.
Jacob netted a Black-tailed Skimmer so the members all had an in-hand view of a dragonfly. Few butterflies were about, but a perfect Small Copper was found. The star plant was a Broad-leaved Helleborine, a large member of the orchid family. Little was seen in and around the dipping ponds apart from an accomodating pike. The members completed their visit with snacks in the cafe and a brief look for birds from the hides. A brand new hide is closed because a pair of Reed Warblers built a nest right in front of the viewing area. When the babies have fledged the hide will be opened to the public.
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