Leaders : John Scott
Members Present : 12 members in two groups of six
Weather : Approx 11 degrees C, mostly cloudy, sunny intervals; extremely dry underfoot due to lack of April rain.
The visit commenced at 2pm and John led the group down Hawkhouse Green Lane. We walked through a meadow which John had seeded using hay from Sykehouse. Cowslips and Bluebells lined the hedgerow. The Crab Apple and Hawthorn blossom were on the verge of flowering. Many plants were noted including:
The group proceeded to the Bluebell wood which John obtained around 20 years ago and we walked in single file through the wood admiring hundreds of Bluebells. John pointed out one or two stumps of Oak trees, which were stumps even in John’s grandfather’s time. We also stopped to admire the Aspen copse.
The ponds had many water violets, as yet to flower, and, among others, Marsh Valerian and Bladder Sedge were noted.
We investigated the relatively newly planted wooded areas with a variety of trees and found a ground nest full of eggs – unsure of species.
Leaders: Louise Hill