No Snow, No Hail

Thursday, May 12th 2022

No snow and no hail seems about the best that could be said about the weather yesterday!  Although it has not been of the best, flowers are still blooming and it is now the turn of the some of the trees.  Blackthorn is still in full flower, but in those areas where it flowered first the petals have dropped and leaves are appearing.  The Cherry trees are showing their white and pink blooms.  Now is the time of the apples.  The wild Crab Apple at the head of the Scrapes is covered in beautiful flowers.

Apple trees in the orchard and in the back garden are almost in full flower.  Bees and many other insects will feed from these flowers and pollinate them to ensure a good apple crop in the autumn.

The Wayfaring Tree has finally burst its buds to show a white dome of flowers.

In a glimpse of sunshine, a Green Veined White fluttered for shelter under some grasses.

Back at the Field Centre, under the shelter of the veranda, the nest box display was updated.  It is probably a little late for the Blue Tit type boxes but Robins and Wrens may still nest if a box is put up now.  Frogs and Toads appreciate a damp place to hide during the day, before heading off to feed during darkness.  

Hedgehogs will appreciate a safe home for hibernation.  If you would like to purchase a home for wildlife, please visit and call in at the Field Centre.

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