The sun and warmth bring out not only the flowers but insects are becoming more active too.
The Friends of Badock's Wood have organised a Butterfly & Bug walk for Sunday May 29th. It's worth putting that in your diary because there are always things to see and interesting facts at these events. More details below.
There is a program of walks throughout the year and the next one is very soon. There's a Spring Flower walk on Sunday April 10th. This is well timed because the blue bells should be well advanced by then and there are already wood anemone, garlic flowers, primroses, cowslips and beautiful banks of celandine. As well as seeing some of the more well know plants it is interesting to learn the names of some of the less well known flowers in the wood and some that you might not even notice as you walk through.
Stock Dove and Wood Pigeon.
If you are interested to see the different types click here. The Turtle Dove is a beautiful bird but unfortunately not commonly seen now in the UK. It does however visit Southern Britain.
tadpole - frog.
Of course toads and newts also produce spawn and tadpoles but the toad spawn will be in strings rather than in clumps like frog spawn, whereas newts lay individual eggs attached to vegetation. Now is the time to look out for spawn around the edges of ponds and streams and try to distinguish the various sorts. I didn't know that a tadpole is sometimes called a pollywog or porwigle in British English.... (Wikipedia).
The metamorphosis of caterpillar to butterfly is just as fascinating and every butterfly or moth you see, including the peacock above, will have been through this process. see here.
However I saw the bird in the photo during the week and wondered if it was a Willow Warbler which looks very similar. Unfortunately I didn't hear it call which would have been the clincher.
Listen here Willow Warbler.
I sent the photo into iSpot and 2 experienced birders thought it was probably a chiffchaff and 3 thought it was probably a Willow Warbler. I should have been more patient and hoped that it would call. I know that to many people it is just an lbb (little brown bird) !!
Friends of Badock's Wood events
- Spring Flower Walk: Sunday Apr 10th 2pm. meet at Doncaster Rd Entrance.
- River Sampling: Sunday Apr 17th 2pm. meet by the bamboo at the Triangle where the two streams meet.
- Bird Walk: Sunday May 1st 10am. meet at Doncaster Rd Entrance.
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FOBW website here.
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I have been assured by an experience ecologist that the bird pictured above is a Willow Warbler. This is great news and I shall be listening for it in future. Thank you Matt.