I went up to Brush Hill this afternoon to take a look at the ant hills. I'd noticed a few weeks ago that many of them were being dug into by something, maybe a badger, so I wanted to see if any more had been damaged.
It didn't look like many more, if any, had been dug into. However, I did notice something strange that just adds to the mystery... the soil ripped out of several of the damaged anthills contained a large number of seed heads. I saw seed heads next to almost half of the damaged anthills.
|A huge number of seed heads were in the soil dug away from the anthill|
|Close up of the seed heads, which included knapweed|
|This anthill had been dug into and it looks a lot like the culprit was |
looking for something specific
|close up of the left hand side of the digging - again you can see seed heads|
Then I had a look for buds and found plenty, along with some lovely lichen that made for some very colourful branches.
It really won't be long now until everything bursts into life. There were lots of plants growing in the woods.
|Lords and ladies|
|capillary thread moss|
|some old and slightly sad looking jelly ear|
|orange lichen, growing on one side of a tree trunk|
|red spots on a tree branch (maybe fungus?)|