Nature At Copped Hall

Today I attended a Wildlife Study Day at Copped Hall, lead by Natural History photographer Peter Warne. He is very knowledgeable about the flora and fauna of the park and grounds. Peter regularly visits Copped Hall and showed us some of his stunning images made during the varied seasons.

Folded Fern
Folded Fern

Despite the weather closing in, we managed a walk and I was able to photograph some of the things in the gardens. We then spent the lunch hour drying off while enjoying delicious home made soup prepared by the volunteers with produce grown in the kitchen gardens:

Cultivating Produce
Cultivating Produce

We then did a couple of experiments to make Spore prints of some fungi, and separating the chlorophyll from oak leaves. We were supposed to be taking another walk during the afternoon but the rain was hammering down, so Peter treated us to a virtual tour of the estate with more great pictures.

Yew Bark Details
Yew Bark Details

It has shown me that there is plenty of potential for picture making and it’s a location I will definitely return to when the weather forecast is a little better! Here are the rest of the pictures I made during our soggy walk – I was particularly pleased to find a couple of fungi species which I’d not previously seen:

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