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Rock Garden

Sunday 16th July 2000
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fallen block
AT THE RAILWAY CUTTING, at Addingford, below the village of Horbury, a huge block, the size of a very large car, has become detached from the rockface. It's a thick layer of sandstone but here it is underlain by shale and, in one place, a coal seam, so it isn't as stable as you might expect solid rock to be. valerianIt has been shored up and netted to allow safe access along the lane below.

Valerian, a garden escape here, has taken root on the ledges.

gatekeeperGatekeeper butterflies are on the wing by the old railway embankment and along the towpath. A Heron stalks the marshy field.

cracked top mushroomIt's the height of summer so I'm surprised to see a few scaly topped fungi emerging amongst the twiggy debris in the shade beneath overgrown Hawthorns by the quarry.

Richard Bell
Richard Bell,
wildlife illustrator

E-mail; 'richard@daelnet.co.uk'

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