Almost Spring

Saturday, March 12th 2022

Usually we have at least one Primrose in flower through the winter.  Not so this year.  We have been hunting for them across the reserve.  Success today, several were found along Risedale Beck.


An added bonus to the find, was that they were in the area that has been excellently coppiced by the reserve staff and volunteers over the winter.  This work had to be completed before the young leaves emerged.  Now that the area has been opened up and sunlilght can reach the ground, the flora will flourish.  Leaves of Barren Strawberry, Cuckoo Pint and Bluebell were all present.  It will also be an ideal spot for butterflies.

Another sign that spring is on its way has been frogspawn.  Unfortunately it has been laid in shallow water and this means a wet summer to come,  according to 'frog folklore'.

Last year the Common Frogs did not do very well but are doing much better this year, with spawn in several ponds.  The frogs are very sensitive to sound and movement and disappear as you approach.  Sometimes they pop back up.

Stretching the camera to its limit, a photograph of the Buzzard, (one of a pair) soaring on the thermals.

Lapwings and Oystercatchers were seen and heard.  Robins were singing.  There were plenty of Brambling in the back garden along with Lesser Redpoll, Siskin, and a Reed Bunting.  It is almost spring!

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