Sunday, 24 December 2017

On the twelth day of Christmas my true love sent to me...

...12 plovers flapping,


The golden plover (Pluvialis apricaria) is a wading bird, slightly smaller than a lapwing, which in the summer breeds in the uplands of northern Britain. Moors for the Future Partnership's work to re-vegetate and re-wet the blanket bogs of the South Pennines should have a beneficial impact on this bird, and other waders such as dunlin. Bird surveys at RSPB's Dove Stone estate on the western side of the Peak District have shown that breeding pairs of golden plover present on the site have almost doubled from 59 in 2004 to 110 in 2017, as a result of blanket bog conservation work.


11 bags for brashing,



10 geese migrating,



9 plants a-pluggin',



8 Sphagna growing,



7 sites now set up,




6 leaves a-prickling,



5 red deer!



4 hare prints,



3 lizards,




2 mating toads,


and a bilberry bumblebee!


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