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March 2019

posted 23 Mar 2019, 10:08 by Jane Arnold   [ updated 23 Mar 2019, 10:28 ]
gorse

I managed a (fairly) early morning walk on the Green this week and it was so peaceful and tranquil and was certainly worth the effort. We have a couple of gorse bushes on the Green which are now flowering, with their easily identifiable bright yellow flowers. This spiky shrub is a member of the pea family and whilst common, should not be underestimated. It provides shelter and nesting places for a number of small birds, food for many invertebrates and in the past has been used as fodder for animals. A very useful plant to have on the Green!

woodpecker

Also on my morning walk, a woodpecker was drumming in one of the old horse chestnut trees and making quite a noise. This is the great spotted woodpecker, and usually at least one pair each year, nests in the mature trees bordering the Green. So keep a lookout (and an ear!) for this lovely bird.

SWTtalk

I am very excited to be giving a talk to the Lichfield Wildlife Group on the 2nd April at Wade Street Church about Pipe Green and the wildlife that it supports. The meeting starts at 7.45, with the Group's AGM and I will then give my talk at about 8.15ish. Everybody is welcome! This talk is then follwed by a walk on the Green on the 18th May.