Snow on the ground as we write and this winter hailed as the coldest for 10 years.
What a change from this time last year! Then we were writing about primroses, crocuses
and daffodils in flower, in addition to snowdrops and hazel catkins. These last two
are flowering now but few, if any, of the others.
Last year we also mentioned a great spotted woodpecker that was tearing apart a rotten
branch on a neighbour’s oak tree. It was back there again yesterday pulling off big
flakes of bark while a wood pigeon sat a little way further out on the same branch,
It is good to see at least one of the gorse bushes planted last winter opposite the
East Common car park is flowering and others with flower buds. The planting amongst
the yellow posts by the car park has been finished. Hopefully the latest plants will
survive amidst the tarmac debris. On West Common work continued at the January working
party to regenerate the overgrown gorse bushes. The guards put up last winter seem
to have been successful at keeping the rabbits from eating the young growth.
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