Thursday, 27 May 2010
Right on our doorstep, literally, is a magnificent common and at this time of the year it displays so many of nature's gems, so beautiful, I just had to share them with you.
Lousewort only found on acidic grassland
lousewort and Tormentil another acid loving plant
first Ragged Robin
Lady's Smock or Cuckoo Flower
Small Copper butterfly
Small Copper on Common Valerian
I hope I have identified all of these correctly, I am not an expert on wild flowers.
The following morning the common was shrouded in mist which provided a spectacularly eerie display of the cobwebs but I shall leave them for another day.
Sunday, 23 May 2010
The lane down to our house looks stunning at the moment. I love to see the cow parsley towering over all the other plants framing the lane beautifully, with the hidden gems tucked in amongst it all. So while it is looking so magnificent and before someone decides it has grown too tall and cuts it all down, I have photographed some of its wonders, I do hope you enjoy these.
Saturday, 15 May 2010
We arrived at our chosen destination today, Jacksons Coppice, to be greeted by the call of a cuckoo, my first for 2010. We used to have them regularly flying around outside our house, last summer they didn't return and we haven't seen or heard them from home this year either, so it was lovely to hear this one, tantalisingly close but not a sign of it anywhere, but still a bonus, as the reason for visiting Jacksons Coppice wasn't for the birds at all but the bluebells.
The bluebells didn't disappoint, their heady scent filled the air and everywhere you looked bluebells reigned supreme.Beautiful.
Jacksons Coppice is managed by Staffordshire Wildlife Trust. Part of their management plan is to allow fallen wood to lie and rot, providing habitats for insects and to decompose naturally back into the woodland. These woodpiles create a stunning backdrop to the bluebells.
We decided to wait a while on this bench in hope that the sun might break through, the views were spectacular through the bluebells down towards a badger sett.
while we were waiting we were rewarded with this sighting of a young badger, heading towards the sett, this was at 11-30am just sauntering around in broad daylight,without a care in the world.
We watched it for a good 5 minutes before it disappeared back into it's sett, and all the while the cuckoo was calling.