Sunny Chill

Friday, April 22nd 2016

Having been off site for the past few days I was expecting to find Foxglove Covert bursting with flowers; the sun may have shone but unfortunately the chill is back. What is positive is that spring is creeping forward, and the ground is finally showing signs of drying out.

A Moorhen on the wetland kept her head down as I walked the area this morning, probably sitting on 8 /9 eggs in a basket of reeds. I did not linger as they can easily vacate the nest when disturbed.

The Bluebells are starting to show themselves, and should have fully erupted over the next week.

Wood Anemone, is a lovely sight in spring. With the sun of the day they had wide open flowers, but on dull days and evenings they will close and heads will hang drooping. Another name for these flowers is Windflower, apparently they do not open unless a wind blows. Smelling these flowers is not a joy like their appearance as they have a musky odour not unlike that of a fox scent. They are a good sign of ancient woodland.

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