Wood anemones in Brockadale. (SE488174) 15th April 2021
Leaders: Joyce & Paul Simmons
The meeting started at 1.30pm at the bridge in Wentbridge near the Wentbridge Hotel. We walked up the road until we came to a path on the left which took us on a path through woodland with the River Went to our left. The show of Wood Anemones was amazing, the woodland floor being carpeted with white Anemone flowers and the green of Wood Anemone leaves and Dog’s mercury.
In several places we found the seedlings of Himalayan Balsam Impatiens glandulifera
which is an an invasive species listed under Schedule 9 to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 with respect to England and Wales. As such it is an offence to plant or otherwise allow the species to grow in the wild so Joyce took every opportunity to pull them up.
We carried on along the path until we reached a point in Brockadale where we could cross the river via a bridge and started to walk back to Wentbridge on the other side, making a detour down a lane where there was a banking covered in primroses and violets. By the time we got closer to where we had started the temperature had increased considerably and I for one was pleased to stop walking. It was a fantastic afternoon for our first walk after Lockdown both weatherwise and for the species we found.
Newting at Thorpe Marsh NR. (SE594098) 21st April 2021
Leaders: Louise Hill and Mick Townsend
The Denaby Ings Project. (SE498009) 24th April 2021
Leaders: Colin Howes