Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Long Term Monitoring Vegetation Surveys at Lindisfarne NNR

Every five years a team of Natural England Staff and NNR volunteers descend on the Lindisfarne NNR to survey the fascinating and special vegetation in the dunes as part of the larger Long Term Monitoring Vegetation Surveys carried out throughout the country.

In preparation for this survey, staff at the NNR have been locating the old previous markers and replacing missing markers for the 50 quadrats that need to be surveyed.

Hunting in the dunes slacks for a marker is a lot of work. They are hard to find. If you find one, please leave it in place.

Be careful; don’t step on the wildlife. A frog sits quite happily on the vegetation (Meadow Sweet Filipendula ulmaria , Marsh Pennywort Hydrocotyle vulgaris, Silverweed Potentilla anserina and Creeping Willow Salix repens).

A Twayblade (also spelt Twaeblade) orchid (Neottia ovata).

A lot of Burnet Moths Zygaena filipendulae feeding on a thistle.

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