Tuesday, 30 March 2010


After a long winter, the wood is bursting into life. First woodland flowers of the year are several  clumps of wild daffodils, hidden in a secluded patch of hazel woodland adjacent to HP  Road.

Many singing birds:  tits - long tailed, blue, great, marsh and coal;   chaffinch, robin, wren, great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch and treecreeper. The Green woodpecker is frequently heard, but not easily seen and crows and jays are raucous in the high treetops.

Many reptiles emerge from hibernation during March. A grass snake was seen slithering towards the bank by the pond, and in the birch a  slow worm was spotted trying to bury itself in the leaf litter. No evidence of adders, but they are present around the pond.On the trees, hazel catkins and pussy willow, soon to turn into  buds and  green leaves. Meanwhile, the primrose has still not bloomed.