Thursday, 31 May 2018

Spring in the woods

As Spring shifts to Summer, here's a few pics from the last couple of months. Spring started cold, and when it did warm up, everything happened in a hurry - we had a great display of Bluebells:

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We did of course have a good carpet of Wood Anemone first:

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And shady patches started to appear as the trees overhead came into leaf:

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The birds have been busy too, this nesting box we put up has been used:

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And right next to it another bird built a nest, under the edge of the roof of our firewood store:

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As well as the usual work of cutting logs ready for next winter, I also finally got round to winching out two nearly-dead coppice stumps that have always been in the way when turning the car and trailer round. It wasn't easy, but not a lot can resist a tirfor winch with a pulley and a mattock:

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With the holes now filled, getting in and out will be a lot easier:

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Now for a summer of camping trips! :-)

Mike

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Sunday, 4 March 2018

Springtime snow in the woods

This was the scene in the woods a few days ago:

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But bizarrely, just a week earlier, I'd taken photos of the signs of Spring emerging, such as leaves on this Elder:

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Bluebells making good progress:

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And Dog's Mercury growing well:

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But the snow had come down, though not as thickly as in some parts of the UK.
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I topped up the bird feeder for the small birds, and this pheasant was straight over to collect what I'd spilled...

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Not much use to the treecreeper though, which went about its business looking for food in an oak tree:

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Of course, not all the animals in wood get on together, I found a trail of blood in the snow too. Well, at least someone didn't go hungry...

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The snow's melted now, so hopefully the progress towards Spring can resume shortly...

Mike


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