We have mentioned surveys in earlier posts. So what do we survey, you might ask? Well just about anything to do with nature and wildlife.
Wild Flowers and Plants
There are important wild flower meadows at Gibside. These provide habitat for many species of insect, which in turn are an important part of the food chain for birds, bats and other mammals. The wild flower meadows are carefully managed to maintain this important food chain.
|Meadow flowers in front of Gibside Hall|
|Typical meadow flowers - Lady Haugh|
|Ox-eye daisies on Lady Haugh|
|Common Dog Violet|
Several species of orchid may be found at Gibside.
|Common Spotted Orchid|
Lower plant forms are also recorded (Horsetails, Ferns and Bracken).