The wild plum tree at the top of Sweep Wood is flowering, so Spring is definitely here!
Just next to it, Dog's Mercury is carpeting the ground:
Elder is also coming into leaf:
As is the Honeysuckle that's winding its way up the coppice regrowth:
Looks like we're in line for some more Foxgloves in the same area again this summer too:
Deeper inside the wood, Lords and Ladies plants are well advanced:
and Bluebells are making progress, though the flowers are some weeks away yet...
There are some flowers out already though, like this Primrose:
and the first few Wood Anemones are opening:
It's going to be interesting to see what happens to the bare patches where we had logs stored until last summer amongst the regrowth - they're going to be a year behind the rest of the area:
Likewise there's different stuff growing where we'd had small fires to burn up brash, thus sterilising small patches of ground. Moss has been the first to move in:
The trees are busy too, though no leaves yet. There's buds opening on the Willow in the Wayleave:
and the Hazel trees are covered with Catkins:
We found the remains of an egg (possibly from a Pigeon?), but I suspect it must be from months ago by the look of it.
Plenty of other bird activity though, with several Robins:
a Song Thrush, which is rare in our woods, though where we saw it was near gardens in Sweep Wood. They're actually on the RSPB Red List at the moment...
Best of all, we saw a Great Tit making a nest in a hollow in an old Cherry tree on a field boundary - we knew to look there, as one nested there last year too:
And finally, here's a nice video Tracy got near home in Rye, of a Little Egret:
That's all for now...