This week I went along to Leomansley Woods to do my first bit of tree following. It probably sounds ridiculous but choosing one tree wasn’t that easy. You can’t see the tree for the woods or something I suppose. In the end I decided on this tree, at the edge of the wood.
The surrounding debris & hazy memories of last year lead me to believe this is an Oak.
The trunk. I'll take a tape measure next time to get some clue to the tree's age?
Is this a coaltit getting in on the act?
While I was there, I thought following the entrance to the woods, the woodland floor and the hedgerows running alongside the lane might be nice too.
The entrance to the woods. The path running alongside forms part of The Darwin Walk and will take you to Pipe Green
Judging by the green shoots, it won’t be long before the woods are covered in bluebells. I think though, the colour of March is going to be yellow.
Even I know that these are daffodils!
I don't know these though - they were growing in the hedgerow.
As a bit of a disclaimer (though if you read the captions above it hardly needs to be said!), I don’t know that much about trees & plants. I can’t tell my ash from my elder. One of the reasons I want to do this, is because it’ll be a good opportunity to learn more. For example, I now know what Lesser Celandine is, and that as one of the first flowers of the year, it is known as Spring Messenger. Slightly less picturesque is one of its alternative names – Pilewort.
I’ve already had some great input from a couple of people, on where to find interesting trees in our area. There could well be a ‘Tree Hunting’ spin off! So a big thanks to Roger and Pat for this – I shall be keeping my eyes open!
Also, over to the right are some links to people who actually know what they are talking about when it comes to flora and fauna, and they take some fabulous photographs to prove it! I definitely recommend taking a look!