Nature's Calendar - Summer 2012
Posted 05 June 2012 - 21:31
You could probably pin some of these to within a few hundred metres without seeing the background - I'll leave that as an exercise for the reader!
Spring Gentians are mostly over (probably in the warm weather last week), but we did find one or two still prepared to show some blue:
All the books on the locality claim these are Mountain Pansy but they look more like a cross of same with Wild Pansy when examined closely. Nevertheless, they are pretty mad for a native species!
Spring Sandwort was fully out - this grows in scattered locations around the UK - some more southern sites may be over by now.
Hoary Rock-rose was nearly out - this is certainly one you won't find anywhere else:
Scottish Asphodel not out yet - unlikely to be so north of the border either:
Birds-eye Primrose was just about at its best:
Rock Whitebeam about to flower:
This post has been edited by Tim Prosser: 05 June 2012 - 21:33
Posted 05 June 2012 - 21:47
Here , the Bluebells have just come out....because of the elevation they missed the late march bloom that blighted many woods so I've heard, where they flowered at the end of march's warm spell and were put to ground by april's coolness.... and here, because of that coolness, have bloomed now.
Posted 07 June 2012 - 12:12
Posted 10 June 2012 - 09:47
Both of the eggs hatched overnight so there's now two little fluffy chicks. The parent seagulls will now try to attack anything that goes near the nest.
The owners of the house have got used to the seagulls returning every year as they put string string from the gutters to the back fence that has little bits of paper or something similar attached to stop them being attacked in their back garden.
Posted 29 June 2012 - 10:28
Strangely no hogweed in full bloom yet although one plant was close to flower burst. All round, much less flowery than this time last year.
Posted 30 June 2012 - 11:50
Posted 30 June 2012 - 14:26
The area where I saw it is a quiet private housing estate with 3 small natural ponds, plenty of undergrowth and undisturbed shrub. The place seems to be a haven for damselflies and other species of dragonflies and this year especially, there seems to be more than previous years.
edit: The picture is one I found on the internet.
This post has been edited by rosskesava: 30 June 2012 - 14:40
Posted 04 July 2012 - 10:20
Posted 04 July 2012 - 12:36
Yes, definitely later than the last two years - which is as long as I have followed it!
Nearby house is unoccupied and the tended garden was dug over, wild plants have taken advantage and now springing up all over it! Latest to come out is Scarlet pimpernel.
Posted 06 July 2012 - 09:56
Hogweed is now in bloom and plenty of meadowsweet and bedstraw. Hemlock pretty much gone to seed now.
Posted 07 July 2012 - 10:05