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February 2017

posted 5 Mar 2017, 02:56 by Jane Arnold   [ updated 5 Mar 2017, 03:32 ]

Little Egret

Some exciting news for this month — for most of February and almost on a daily basis, a little egret has been seen on the Green and in the surrounding fields! This is the first time that this species has been recorded on the Green and so it is extra special. Little egrets belong to the heron family and have a very distinctive white plumage, which makes it very easy to see when flying. I managed to get some footage of it on my trail camera, which, although not the best quality, gives some indication of what it looks like. These birds were first seen in the south of England in the early 1990s and since then have been moving northwards. I am not sure how common they are in this part of Staffordshire, but will be in touch with somebody to find out. In the meantime, I will try and get some better footage!


There is definitely a hint of spring in the air, (in between the cold, wet, horrible days) and the small clump of snowdrops on the edge of the Green are now flowering. These are a cultivated variety and not our native species (although I have just read that our "native" species probably came from Europe in the late eighteenth century and so probably are not "native" anyway!). These snowdrops always bring a smile to my face and you must admit, they are quite beautiful, on a closer inspection.


Fortunately storm Doris did not do much damage to the Green, but the same can not be said for Leomansley woods, where a number of large trees, as well as a lot of small ones, were blown down. Thank goodness I didn't go into the woods, that day! These large conifers are now blocking the path that runs through the wood and they certainly make an interesting obstacle course, when out on a dog walk!