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April 2015

posted 4 May 2015, 01:53 by Jane Arnold   [ updated 4 May 2015, 02:22 ]
adder tongue fern

There is so much going on this time of year, that it is difficult to know what to write about! The wood anemone have been and gone and the bluebells are now starting to look their best in Leomansley woods and are well worth a visit. The lady's smock (or cuckoo flower) is starting to flower on the Green. This is an important food source for the orange-tip butterfly, which is also out and about and can usually be seen when the sun is shining. Another plant that is starting to appear is the adder tongue fern (see photo). This is one of the rarest plants on the Green and is also one of the most difficult to find. It is small, green and merges in well with the other vegetation! I am also pleased to say that some of the orchids are starting to emerge and hopefully should be flowering later on in the month or early June.

Foxes on Pipe Green

Since December, and with the help of Georgia Locock, I have been using a trail camera to see what wildlife is on the Green. Fox(es) are a regular visitor and I have been able to get some interesting and quite close-up footage of them. Normally, only one fox is caught on the camera each time, and I have no idea whether it is the same fox I am seeing on each occasion, or a different one! I have put together a short (45 second) movie of some of the clips taken this month. As you can see, he (think it is a he on this occassion) is not shy!
aerial photo Pipe Green

Just to finish on a high note - well an ariel one anyway! Here is a rather different view of the Green, taken by Steve Martin of Longbow Photography with a small 'drone' with a HD camera attached. I think it is a fascinating photo and certainly highlights the rush cover that we have on the Green. Thanks again to Steve for letting us use his image. And finally, just to let you know that the cattle will be turned onto the Green around the 11th May - provided the grass keeps growing.

Image to the right courtesy of Steve Martin of Longbow Photography