Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Good Old Forestry Commission

Spring has been busy in Vinehall Forest and has worked its transformational magic.
A rowan tree in flower near the B2089 entrance; [click picture to enlarge]

The rowan tree, or mountain ash, has berries which are very rich in vitamin C and they provide excellent food for blackbirds and thrushes.

Dingy and grizzled skippers are now out and feeding from bugle flowers along the rides.
Picture by Katie Walker
Picture by Katie Walker

These butterflies always seem so small when they first emerge and it takes a while for me to get my eye in at the start of the season.
Bugle also provides nectar for bumblebees as shown here with Bombus pascuorum
Picture by Katie Walker

The first brood worker bumblebees of Bombus terrestris have also emerged and they seem tiny too, I saw one that was no bigger than my thumbnail.

This is usually the muddiest part of Barnes Wood but it is currently as dry as a bone. Yet the trees and wild flowers are showing no sign of drought stress and seem to be growing as vigorously as ever.

The place to be for birdsong is along the oak wood avenue in TQ7520.

The Chiffchaff and the Nightingale are currently engaged in a song duel along this ride. Their songs can be heard by following the links below.
Nightingale at RSPB

Chiffchaff at RSPB


Dragonflies are also on the wing; this I believe, is a young broad bodied chaser.[Click picture to enlarge]

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