April Flower Walk

Thursday, April 25th 2013

The intrepid 'Flower Hunters set off in the wind, drizzle and cold to record the flowers that were braving the weather in the reserve.  Whilst hunting for some colour, the information Jez had given us about conifers was put to good use as we tried to identify them for ourselves.  This is a Grand Fir and when touched smells of citrus - it did!

Checking the Grand Fir

Plants are making the most of any warmth and sun to open their flowers.  From being just one or two willow flowers around the reserve, now there are several yellow coloured trees breaking up the grey leafless backdrop.  On closer inspection these are the male flowers that produce pollen. These flowers provide food for any early bees and butterflies on the wing.

Willow flower

Coltsfoot, Dandelion, Primrose, Gorse, Elm and Common Daisy were some of the flowers added to the list and then a bud of Wood Sorrel was seen.  But under the strict rules of the flower walk it had to be 'in flower' and it was not.  Careful searching turnrd up one single open flower so to the list it was added!

Wood Sorrel

Records from the flower walk are added to the data base of species and we are able to compare one year with another.  When last year's list was read out it was rather disappointing that so few flowers had been been recorded this April. 

Nature is amazing and it was pleasing to see that areas that had been disturbed during the winter had a variety of green leaves poking through the bare soil.  Soon this will all be covered with plants.

Plants colonising a winter work area

And finally although cold and drizzly there was still beauty to be seen.

Water droplets on Strawberry leaf

Data from the flower walks could not be collected without our volunteers, thank you to everyone who helped.

(1) Comments:

Marylebone storage guy responded on 5th Aug 2016 with...

Picture of Marylebone storage guy

The droplets on the plant look like they could be part of the flower, or like little diamonds!


Leave a Comment:

Remember my personal information

Notify me of follow-up comments?

The following question is designed to make sure you are a real person and helps us cut down on spam.
Your comments will appear here once an administrator has reviewed them.

How many letters are in the word 'east' (1 character(s) required)

Back to Top

Recent Blog Posts:

Spring Cleaning

Posted 19th June 2018

Today we've had help from our regular Tuesday Volunteers, pupils from the Dales School and our work experience student Josh with tidying up the paths…

Read More

Of Moles and Voles

Posted 18th June 2018

Foxglove seemed to be deserted when I  arrived just after 8.00 this morning, but then there was a tell-tale movement of grass in the opposite…

Read More


Posted 17th June 2018

Bird ringers arrived for another 4am start.  In the distance a Tawny Owl called and then as dawn was breaking so the smaller birds started…

Read More

Wandering, Looking and Checking

Posted 16th June 2018

Dog Daisies are doing really well this year.  The end of the path behind the orchard on the way to the Dog Leg net ride…

Read More

Sitemap | Accessibility Policy | Privacy Policy | Terms & Conditions |