We did find an empty roman snail shell - beautiful isn't it! Looking forward to them making an appearance in a few weeks.
Grangelands is an important conservation site for juniper in the Chilterns. Juniper is a spiky, evergreen shrub that's in serious decline. It is now quite rare and has been the subject of a major conservation project for many years. It's very slow growing and notoriously hard to germinate, but they seem to be doing something right as there were lots of seedlings growing, as well as older, larger shrubs. There are several pens on the site, not to keep the feisty junipers in, but to keep the rabbits, deer and voles out!
|Juniper seedlings grow around the edge of the pen and the ground is cleared|
in the middle to provide the exact requirements needed for germination. The
dark bushes in the background are juniper.
|Larger juniper shrubs penned off to stop the animals grazing on them|
|Another set of seedlings - although these are only a few cm tall, they are |
2 or 3 years old
|A tree to climb and swing from!|
|The branches touched the ground all the way round the tree|
|The roots were all visible spreading out from the tree|
We also spotted a few carline thistles, dead but still lovely and a glimpse of things to come!
Finally, walls may have ears, but trees appear to have eyes!