A record of wildlife in my garden and various trips to the Warwickshire countryside and occasionally further afield.
"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."
From "Auguries of Innocence"
by William Blake
Thursday, 4 April 2013
Searching for Primroses and Daffodils, at St Giles, Packwood and Baddesley Clinton
One of the highlights of last Spring was visiting St Giles Church, Packwood and discovering a churchyard full of primroses - I had never seen so many in one place since I was a child. I decided to revisit this afternoon in the hope of finding a similar sight.
St Giles church is around 800 years old and the older parts of the churchyard are "managed" for wildlife i.e. left untended so wildflowers can flourish. Over 100 species of wildflower have been recorded here.
Unfortunately the churchyard that last year was covered in primroses looked rather bare this year.
However, Crocuses added a welcome splash of colour on a grave.
In cold sheltered parts of the churchyard shaded from the sun snow was still covering the ground and I think the cold weather has meant that this is going to be a late year for primroses.
There were quite a few snowdrops still in flower.
Most of the primrose plants were still just showing buds and only a few plants were actually flowering.
You can see the difference from last year from this photo that I took on 29th March 2012.
when Violets were also flowering
together with Germander Speedwell and Lesser Celandine (as in the photo below).
I then drove onto Packwood House - the drive there is usually lined with masses of daffodils at this time of year.
But again the cold weather has made them late and there are very few actually flowering yet.
Here's a couple of photos I took on 26th March last year and again you can see a vast difference in the number of flowers.
Back to this year with just a few flowers interspersed among the buds.
I saw my first lambs in a field nearby - sorry hadn't got telephoto lens with me but if you click and enlarge the photo you might be able to spot them in the middle of the picture!
I carried onto Baddesley Clinton and it was good to see the log piles were still by the tree to encourage invertebrates. There were dozens and dozens of Redwing and Fieldfare foraging in the parkland.
Daffodils were flowering along the drive here - probably in a sunnier and more sheltered spot than Packwood.
Baddesley Clinton - moated Manor House
Lots of Hellebores and Daffodils in flower in the gardens at Baddesley
Mallard are tame here
I think this cat was trying to creep up on a mouse - he was unsuccessful :)
Returning to St Giles - I took several photos of Lichens growing on the church. I think the orangey coloured one might be Caloplaca flavescens. I got out a Field Studies Council guide tonight to try and identify them but had forgotten that they really are quite hard to id. I'll try and take the guide with me next time plus a magnifying glass or hand lens!
I don't know whether anyone else is having problems with blogger but I have had real difficulties again tonight. I had to upload photos one at a time and then when I tried to type text the photos had gone out of order only to find that when I saved, closed and then returned to the draft everything was back in order. Also I'd get half way down the page and find text had somehow duplicated itself from the beginning of the post. I also got some dire looking warnings from blogger that html had been broken!!! I only use the most basic Blogger set up so I can't understand what there is to go wrong! but if problems carry on I might have to consider using something else. Not sure what this post is going to come out like so apologies in advance if everything is haywire!!!
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