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Click to enlargeTeasel silhouetted against a frozen lake.
© John S. Sargent 22nd December 2010.
Click to enlarge The Barnsley Canal. This stretch, which is inside the nature park, is used by anglers.
[01 Sep 2010]
Click to enlargeA family of Mute Swans taking a short break by the side of Shay Lane between Crofton and the Nature Park. By tradition, all of these magificent birds in Britain belong to the monarch. (L. Cygnus olor) © John S. Sargent 11th August 2010 Click to enlargeThe snow has gone and Spring is just around the corner.
© John S. Sargent 11th March 2010
Click to enlargeThe spoil still visible provides a reminder of the days when this would have been just another unsightly slag heap.
© John S. Sargent 1st May 2010.
Click to enlargeThe pond on top of the eastern hill.
© John S. Sargent 22nd May 2010.
Click to enlargeOne of the benches provided for those wishing to contemplate nature or simply take the weight of their feet for a few minutes.
© John S. Sargent 24th April 2010
Click to enlargeA Nursery Web Spider (Pisauridae) in the long grass at the park. This common species comes in a range of shades from pale to dark brown, but there is always a line on the thorax. The female will try to eat the male after mating. He tries to keep her occupied by bringing a suitable present, such as a freshly killed fly; then he tries to be quick about his business and on his way before he becomes an after-mating snack.
© John S. Sargent 21st July 2010
Click to enlargeAn ant hill - an oasis of bright green in the midst of the early spring drabness of the grass. The ants have a role in the park's ecosystem and are entitled to a home, so please try not to disturb them.
© John S. Sargent 6th April 2010.
Click to enlargeThe European Peacock Butterfly (Inachis Io). A bright splash of colour in the park.
© John S. Sargent 1st August 2010.
Click to enlargeA female Small White Butterfly (along with the Large White, commonly called the Cabbage White) enjoying some of the many different types of wild flowers nin the nature park.
© John S. Sargent 5th August 2010
Click to enlargeA male Gatekeeper and a hover fly collecting nectar. Hover flies (family Syrphidae), or hoverflies, are among the most striking of the true flies (Diptera).
© John S. Sargent 5th August 2010
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Hover flies collecting nectar on Wild Angelica (Angelica sylvestris).
© John S. Sargent 3rd August 2010

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Red Campion (Silene Dioica) together with a Small White butterfly.
[12 Aug 2010]

Click to enlargeThe Hogweed or Cow Parsnip (Heracleum sphondylium). It has broad, hairy, pinnate leaves and its stem is hairy and hollow. There is a late flower dispay on this plant. The flowers are umbel, i.e. umbrella-like, several other plants have this type of flower.
© John S. Sargent 23rd August 2010
Click to enlargeWild Angelica (Angelica sylvestris) is an impressive perennial plant that can grow to around 2 metres in height. Its purplish stems are almost hairless, which helps distinguish it from the rather earlier-flowering hogweed, also growing in the nature park.
Click to enlarge The small beck by Shay Lane car park. © John S. Sargent 18th April 2009. Click to enlargeMugwort, a perennial that grows in most parts of England. It is found in hedgerows, ditches, alongside roads and in farm fields. The downy, grooved, angular stems are dark purple; height up to 5 ft (1.5 m) or more. The leaves produce a pungent aroma when crushed. Its flowers are small and unspectacular, greenish yellow to brown, and grow in spikes from July to October. Some species of butterflies and moths feed on the plant. It has a variety of alternative names: chrysanthemum weed, common artemisia, felon weed, French tobacco, mugweed, wild chrysanthemum, wild wormwood. (L. Artemisia vulgaris)
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