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A pot of gold under the rainbow?

- Not a pot of gold but a wonder flock of Goldfinches

Iain Porter

Posted by Iain Porter on 04 October 2012

A pot of gold under the rainbow? Had a wonderful early morning checking the ponies on Cothelstone Hill. There was a slight breeze with heavy showers passing through on the Bristol Channel. But what was even more impressive were the flocks of Linnets and Goldfinches flitting acorss the hill.

It is great to see the large flocks of these birds using Cothelstone Hill and shows that the management led by the rangers and so ably assisted by the dedicated volunteers is producing a great habitat for birds and other animals. I also had a look around the grassland looking for a particular type of fungi which we have found in good numbers in past years. The waxcap fungi, so called because the caps feel slimy, usually only grow in unimproved grassland. The amount of this type of habitat has decreased greatly over the last 50 years so locations such as Cothelstone Hill are a very valuable resource. Hopefully as autumn progresses the waxcaps will pop up through the grassland and the flocks of Goldfinches and Linnets will continue to use this wonderful hill.

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