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March 2020

posted 4 Apr 2020, 10:40 by Jane Arnold   [ updated 4 Apr 2020, 10:54 ]
robin

Despite the coronavirus outbreak, Spring has definitely sprung on the Green and the hedges have been alive with bird song. I haven't been going across to the Green as often as I normally do, but on one of my visits, I was thrilled to hear and then see this lovely robin singing his heart out in the morning sun. It certainly put a smile on my face and demonstrates that nature is indeed so important for making us feel better, in these rather strange times.

sunrise

The clearer and sunnier weather, towards the end of March, was most welcome and thankfully has allowed the mud to start to dry out. It also gave good photography conditions and again, Wildelife kate has caught this beautiful early morning shot from the Green. She has also set up a number of excellent webcams in her garden to monitor all the wildlife that visits. They are amazing and well worth a look - my favourite is the blackbird nest!

Image to the right courtesy of Wildlife kate
red_dead_nettle

Whilst the lesser celandine is flowering well and the wood anemone is just starting to flower, I was rather taken by some of the red dead nettle that grows on some of the boundaries of the Green. Whilst this is a very common plant, it is often over-looked,  but a close inspection of its flowers show them to be rather lovely. They are quite small - only about 0.5cm long, but are very delicate and almost look like an orchid flower. They start flowering quite early and are an important nectar source for emerging bumble bees. It certainly pays to stop and look at the small things!

With the coronavirus outbreak, there has been a notable increase in the number of people walking on the Green. Whilst they are most welcome, we would urge everyone to follow the government guidelines in social distancing. In addition, I would urge people to walk on the main paths and so prevent trampling the meadow plants and orchids that are starting to appear.