Turning the Corner

April 27, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

As we all know, it’s been a very strange season so far.  Most things are about a month later than usual due to the unseasonably cold weather that kept on and on until everyone was thoroughly fed up with it.  But, after last weekend, I really do feel like we’ve turned the corner at last and the warmer spring weather is finally here. 

This is not to say that we haven’t had the odd day here and there which turned out nice.  On one such day I quickly checked the internet to make sure my target species was out – you can’t take anything for granted this year – and then journeyed to Westdean Woods near Chichester for a photography spree with our native daffodil.

DaffodilsWild Daffodil

I’ve photographed native daffodils before but this is the first time I’ve seen them in such profusion, it was a sight to lift the spirit. 

Last Saturday I spent the afternoon at Southwater Woods.  This is a location I often visit in the summer for woodland specialist butterflies like the Purple Emperor, Silver-washed Fritillary and White Admiral.  Recently, however, it struck me that I’m always visiting the same places at the same time of year for the same species and I decided to explore these sites in different seasons to see what they could offer.

Southwater Woods was incredibly peaceful when I visited it and, in places, the woodland rides sported a lovely display of Primroses mixed with Wood Anenomes.

Daffodils and Wood AnemonesPrimroses with Wood Anemones Daffodils and Wood AnemonesPrimroses with Wood Anemones

In one corner I could see masses of Bluebells growing strongly, while off the woodland rides and deeper into the woods there were huge swathes of Ramsons - not yet in bud but promising stunning displays in a few weeks time.  Throughout the woods Primroses dotted the landscape, like this one nestled against some Cuckoo Pint and the trunk of a moss-covered tree.

PrimrosePrimrose

It was a lovely afternoon and great to see Bee Flies, hoverflies and butterflies all busy amongst the flowers at last.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and plan to go back again in a few weeks time to look at those Bluebells and Ramsons.

 

 


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