Festive reflections of good days in the field

I seem to spend far too much time at a desk, writing reports or engaged in conservation correspondence.  Not enough time is spent out there in the field gathering data which can add knowledge and increase the understanding of Thorne and Hatfield Moors.

The festive season for some offers a period to catch up with a backlog of tasks and it also offers a time to reflect ….

Wednesday 25 July 2012 was one of those magic evenings.  We met up at the old colliery entrance and set up a series of MV lights alongside a piece of lagg fen on the periphery of Thorne Moors SSSI.

The local youths who followed us onto site on their bikes and who despite expressing an interest in our activities didn’t have enough of the old Thornensian spirit and were beaten off by the ever present midges.  Strange really, to me they are part of the package that goes with evening natural history field sessions.

As ever, Harry had judged the weather wonderfully and little did we know what a treat we were in for.  OK, I suppose the word treat is subjective, so in this situation it was a quantatative one as oppossed to a qualatatative one.  By the time we packed away, we knew we’d had a good night but I don’t think we would have been able to guess the final species total, a magnificent 163! 

There was nothing outstanding in terms of rarity, but there were new site records and there were many species updates.  Thanks to all who took part,  for the camaraderie and more importantly for the data which all serves to illustrate that Thorne Moors is still an amazing place for its biodiversity.

Can we beat this number in 2013?

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