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18 February 2014

Woorgreens Lake GWT Reserve

Grid Ref SO630127



It was very muddy underfoot today which is not surprising given all the wet weather we have had this winter. The statistics say that we have had the wettest winter for 200 years! But the sun came out for us which was a relief!

We were widening the track along the west side of Woorgreen Lake where the trees had been marked for removal. The idea is to provide a good view across the lake from the track.






The fire has been laid on the track and provided welcome warmth at break time!





Many lichens also grow as "Epiphyte" on the surface, on plants, particularly on the trunks and branches of trees. When growing on plants, lichens are not a Parasite as they do not consume any part of the plant nor poison it. Lichen fungi are heterotrophic, meaning that, like animals, they require a carbon source to survive. The lichen fungi share a common ecological strategy of hosting an internal population of photosynthetic cells, from which they obtain their carbon source in the form of simple sugars. These photosynthetic cells can either be green algae (Chlorophyta) or cyanobacteria or sometimes both,





Where possible, we did some hedgelaying as can be seen on the right of this image.

The Canada Geese, which have recently arrived on the lake, kept up a constant gabbling all day!

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