Thursday, 24 May 2012

Spring at Caldbec Hill

“March winds and April showers, bring forth May flowers”.

Some warm weather has arrived at last, so I returned to my featured wildflower meadow, Kingsmead, on Caldbec Hill.

In the sunshine it is a breathtakingly beautiful scene. You can draw a line from the tops of the ribwort plantain (Plantago lanceolata), to the trees and shrubs at the field margin, to the distant hills and the horizon. Then go beyond to the light blue scattered light of the Earth’s atmosphere and the very edge of eternity. This county of Sussex, twinned with paradise!

For me the late spring means a return to trying to identify the grasses and sedges. Meadow foxtail (Alopecurus pratensis) is currently very prevalent at Kingsmead.

I had some luck with the invertebrate interest too. Not only a reasonable photo, (fortunate) but an easy ID (very fortunate). This fellow is an unmistakable Froghopper, (Cercopis vulnerata).

Some more of the beauty that the author Laurie Lee described as ‘the green-haired queen of love’; (Home from Abroad).

Finally I did see a queen Red-tailed bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius) at Kingsmead, but was not quick enough to get a photo. So this one was actually photographed on the Cotoneaster horizontalalis outside my house.

To read more about wildflower meadows and the Weald Meadows Nectar Networks, please click the link below.
Grasslands Trust

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