Saturday, March 25, 2006

Fields and woods

The alders are bearing their reddish catkins along the stream that runs from Gilly Wood on the Pestalozzi Estate (bottom picture). The pale buff grass shows how cold and dry it has been this winter, but rain has come now and this will quickly change.

In Brede High Wood it was warm and sunny and we saw a brimstone butterfly and several day flying moths. Frogs were very active by Holman Wood Stream and there was masses of spawn (centre picture). The work on clearing rides and glades for the conservation of butterflies and other flora and fauna continues (top picture), and this should make an appreciable difference within a year or two, though I fear lots of species like the pearl-bordered fritillary are permanently lost from the area.

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