Monday, 21 March 2011

Spring At Last!

A fine day, and the first day of spring, has finally brought the butterflies out in Barnes Wood.

Today I saw three Peacocks, a Comma and a Brimstone.

It’s getting quite warm along the rides in the sunshine and there is much invertebrate activity. I saw many hoverflies, a beetle and a few queen bumblebees.

As well as primroses other flowering plants are beginning to break out. Lesser celandine and wood anemones are flowering in numbers along the rides.

Photo by Katie Walker

Photo by Katie Walker

Also we are now past the spring equinox (20th March 2011), so there are now more hours of daylight than darkness to look forward to.
(With many thanks to Katie Walker for the fine close up photographs of the flowers.)

Jim Barrett

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