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21 Apr

Field horsetails pushing up though the soil like bracken stems.
 

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20 Apr

Bluebell time

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19 Apr

Fine hedgework on Red Lane, Nymans

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Cuckoo flowers are in full bloom

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A wood forget-me-knot. I don't come across many of these in the local woods.

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15 Apr

A taste of summer.
Staplefield missed any showers on Saturday to have a day of almost unbroken sunshine.
The warmest day of the year so far.

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A few rather solitary bluebells are just coming into flower in the sunnier spots in the woods.
I'tll be a few weeks before they are in full display mode.

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It's good to hear the 'willowchaffs' again.
Is it a willow warbler or is it a chiffchaff? I'm not expert enough to hear the difference.

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13 Apr

Robins, like wrens, seem to be the garden birds that are thriving most at the moment.
They're renowned for being one of the first birds to sing in the morning,
and one of the last in the evening.

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10 Apr

Long strings of black toadspawn, and some tapioca-like frogspawn (top left).
Time to hatching is dependent on water temperature and is usually around three weeks.
During this time they will provide food for fish and newts. Frogspawn is the tastier apparently..
 

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photo courtesy of Margaret Dean

7 Apr

Insects, like this little flower bee, are buzzing around the garden
looking for food, and in this case, drink.

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Blackthorn is in flower. Hopefully these will produce some ripe sloes in the autumn.
It flowers before it leafs. Any greenery around it is probably from a neighbouring...

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...hawthorn. It is now in leaf and will produce its flowers, pinky white may, as the blackthorn flowers
begin to drop their petals.

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5 Apr

The wood anemones growing in the shade of the woods are still looking a little fragile when
compared with those growing in sunny hedgrows.

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