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April 2020

posted 4 May 2020, 09:30 by Jane Arnold   [ updated 5 May 2020, 03:43 ]
buttercup

Whilst the sunshine and dry weather in April, was a welcome relief, it has meant that the grasses are taking a while to start growing and as a result the sward is a lot shorter than it should be for this time of year. Nevertheless, the buttercups are starting to come through along with some of the sweet vernal grass and hopefully the pignut will be flowering soon.

dandelion

One plant that has coped with the drier weather is the dandelion! These much maligned plants are an important nectar source for invertebrates and I think they are lovely. Just look at the beauty of the seed head! Seemingly, dandelions have been around for a long time - fossilised seeds have been found in rocks 30 million years old!

adder tongue

I always get a bit apprehensive this time of year as whether or not the adder tongue fern is going to make an appearance. Well, this year, it seems to be doing fine and largish clumps of it are now visible. In fact, now, is the easiest time to see it, as the fronds are a light green and stand out against the short(ish) grass. I recently found out that the adder tongue fern has a total of 1260 chromosomes, compared to 46 in humans! Isn't that amazing?!

On the bird front, the warblers are back in force and it seems as though not only have we got some sedge warblers back on the Green, but also a grasshopper warbler! I will hopefully get some more news on these in the next few weeks.