First Flowers

Blackthorn, or it’s fruity relative the Wild Plum, is one of the earliest wildflowers to blossom at Bradlaugh Fields

Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #16 Meadow Foxtail

The first grass that I’ve seen starting to flower here this year is meadow foxtail in the Hills and Hollows valley: The young flower spikes are silky-looking, quite distinctive and the nutritious leaves can provide a good early bite for grazing animals.

Out and About: this April in Bradlaugh Fields

The fields are alive; buzzing, bustling, calling and singing with all manner of creatures. Listen for the yaffle call of the green woodpecker (hear it on this Youtube video) and hear it knock-knock-knocking in the woods. The usually quiet and shy jays are chasing each other around the taller trees and, over all, the buzzard […]

Spring Butterflies

This lovely warm Easter weekend has really brought Spring out in full force now, with lots of butterflies to be seen flitting around the early flowers. Peacock on Pussy-willow: Comma soaking up the sun on a verge: As well as Tortoiseshells and the unmistakeable Brimstones doing their familiar patrolling up and down the hedgerow.