Saturday, 31 March 2012
Friday, 30 March 2012
Wednesday, 28 March 2012
We also saw our first Swallow flying low over South Lake collecting water. Summer it seems, is just around the corner.
It is good to hear the insects around in the countryside now that spring is here. This Bumble bee was making use of this early flowering Hellebore in our garden recently although Bumble bees seem to have been quite active throughout the winter in the Cotswolds this year. Bumble bees nest in the ground in colonies but drones and workers die off in autumn leaving only the queen to hibernate over the winter and start a new colony in spring.
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Sunday, 25 March 2012
Thursday, 22 March 2012
Wednesday, 21 March 2012
Tuesday, 20 March 2012
It really feels as though spring is here and of course today being the Equinox it is officially the beginning of Spring. Night and day are of equal length today and the farmers are busy in the fields. Here we see the tractor preparing the grassland trying to get it in top condition so that his animals get the best nutrients. Firstly they harrow the grass to remove the dead matter and then they roll it to get rid of the clods/lumps and bumps. Rolling helps the roots of the grass get re-established in the soil which will reduce moisture loss and soil erosion. This could be especially important if we get the predicted dry summer or many more sudden downpours such as we have seen here recently.
The final treatment is top dressing the grass with fertiliser.
Monday, 19 March 2012
We don't have the carpets of blue everyone loves to see yet but that will be along soon.
They are early this year , last year they were starting in early April.
Sunday, 18 March 2012
Wood garlic and bluebell leaves abound with the first bluebells in flower very early this year.
Monday, 12 March 2012
They are gregarious birds and congregate noisily in large rookeries built in tall trees.
Rooks can be distinguished from carrion crows by the bald patch below the beak and the baggy trouser appearance of the plumage around their legs.
Saturday, 10 March 2012
hey are now replaced by these minature Daffodils. These cute little daffodils are now giving us a wonderful show together with the winter flowering heathers and primulas.
Thursday, 8 March 2012
Tuesday, 6 March 2012
Monday, 5 March 2012
Thursday, 1 March 2012
nature reserve is a fine example of unimproved grassland and a habitat of rare butterflies such as the large blue. The banks are also covered by the hills of the yellow meadow ant.