"For now we are young let us lay in the sun and count every beautiful thing we can see" Neutral Milk Hotel.

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Redgate Hill

An afternoon walk up and down Redgate Hill, including the scrub to the west, produced 61 species of plants in flower.  This gave me a number new for the year including 8 new for the patch i.e. Sheep's Sorrel, Spotted Medick, Beaked Hawksbeard, Bladder Campion, Soft Brome, Barren Brome, Smooth Meadow-grass and Great Horsetail. There were lots of Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock among the nettles in the scrub and bumblebees (Red-tailed, Buff-tailed, Common Carder and Tree) were busy visiting the flowers.  It was good to see the Yellow Meadow ants busy in their "hills" in the scrub area.
Great Horsetail

Spotted Medick

Bladder Campion

Yellow Meadow Ants (Photo June 2013)

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