|Areas starting to 'wet up' on the Reserve|
Saturday, 14 November 2015
The wet low lying areas of the dune system are called dune slacks and they are rich and diverse habitats. Some of the slacks are filling with water just now and wetting up much like they do every year. At the moment the water within the dune slacks is most likely coming from ground water and rain after the heavy downpours we've had over the last few days.
Wet in the winter, the slacks are a rich habitat for plants in the summer and to keep these areas up to scratch we cut and graze them during the winter months to help manage the sward. As a result of this dynamic system and with a little help from some of our habitat work Lindisfarne NNR has an amazing array of orchids throughout the summer with species such as northern marsh orchid.