Black Bryony

Friday, June 25th 2010

The warm weather continues although it was overcast today. The butterflies didn't seem to mind and Speckled Wood were seen everywhere. Also our bees have been very active today with lots of pollen being brought into the hive.

Scrapes refurbishment

The scrapes refurbishment continues apace. This view was taken during the afternoon when one of the dipping platforms had been removed. The new posts have been installed ready to take the new platform next week. The frames for the boardwalk are almost complete and there will be men on site over the weekend turning them back into a walkway. Everything is on schedule for completion next Friday!

Crop of sloes

Whilst looking through the hedgerows it's nice to see there are already a crop of sloes, still green, but with the promise of autumn ripeness.

Black Bryony leaf

Here's another plant which is not usually noticed until the autumn. This is the beautifully heart-shaped leaf of Black Bryony.

Its little greenish flowers are usually not noticed in amongst the other hedgerow herbs, but in the autumn they will have turned into scarlet berries. It is Britain's only native member of the Yam family.


There are many more things in flower. The Honeysuckle is just coming out as is Hedge Woundwort.

Hedge Woundwort

The grasses are beginning to lengthen and in some areas the stalks are covered in cuckoo spit. There are plenty of insects about and hopefully the nesting birds will be finding plenty to eat.

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