Blackthorn, or it’s fruity relative the Wild Plum, is one of the earliest wildflowers to blossom at Bradlaugh Fields
Fresh catkins are out, while the fallen Poplar branch from the Autumn gales is nothing more than a pile of twigs now. And what a scar is left on the tree!
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.
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 […]
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.