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Flora & Fauna | Yaxley History

Large Copper butterfuly

The Large Copper butterfuly was first discovered from Dozen’s Bank near Spalding in Lincolnshire in 1749 and was abundant around the Whittlesea Mere, eventually becoming extinct in the British Isles in 1860, just a few years after the great lake was drained....

Holme Fen Decoy

Extract from THE BOOK OF DUCK DECOYS (1886) SIR RALPH PAYNE-GALLWEY Holme Decoy, between Ramsey and Peterborough, in Holme Fen, 2½ miles E. of Holme, 6 miles S. of Peterborough, and a mile from the south shore of Whittlesea Mere, before the latter was drained. A Decoy...

Prehistoric Yaxley

The South-East Embankment at Yaxley is constantly being eroded and the Oxford Clay here is extremely rich in fossils. The most common find is Gryphaeas, both the small Bilobissa dilobotes and the giant variety. Belemnites are also plentiful, including the most common...

Bog Oak

Bog-wood, is wood from trees that have been buried in peat bogs and preserved from decay by the acidic and anaerobic bog conditions, sometimes for hundreds or even thousands of years. The wood is usually stained brown by tannins dissolved in the acidic water. Bog-wood...