It definitely felt 'greener' and the plants had started to show signs of growth, although it seems to be taking a long time for spring to really get going this year. Saying that, the banks were carpeted in violets and celandines and looked really beautiful.
|Banks covered in violets an celandines|
The sticky buds on the horse chestnuts were starting to break open - such strange looking things covered in fluff.
|Horse chestnut sticky buds|
Lots of other plants had started to grow, including water figwort, which had popped up throughout the spring, and rosebay willowherb, which was growing new leaves at the base of last years tall, dead stems. We found a wild gooseberry bush with flower buds on, blackthorn in flower and buds growing in the bluebells.
|Rosebay willowherb - foodplant for Elephant Hawkmoth caterpillars|
|Bluebell flower buds|
|A door snail and a glass snail next to a finger nail (to show the size)|
|Last month there were hundreds of snails in this |
huddle. You can see where they've unstuck
themselves from the group.
|Inside a piece of loose bark we could see where insects had |
been mining through it making trails through the bark
|Beech hedges lose their leaves above a certain point, but |
keep them below that point, shedding the old leaves when
the new ones grow. Not sure why!
|We found Stick Man trying to |
escape from the spring!