Bluebells at Ash Hill Farm. (SE605134) 1st May 2021

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:

Greater Stitchwort
Bulbous Buttercup
Common Vetch
Meadow Vetchling
Greater Burnett
Stone Parsley
Zigzag Clover

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.

It was noted that the cooler climate of late meant fewer insects were in evidence but some Bumble bees were seen – mostly Buff tailed – and a couple of Solitary Wasps and several Orange tip butterflies were about.

We circled back around the wood and then admired the three ponds John has created. Frogs were in evidence and two Red Data plants were observed – True Fox Sedge Carex vulpina and Elongated Sedge Carex elongata.

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.

We returned through another field which contained a large patch of Lady’s Smock and a Midland Hawthorn Crataegus laevigata which is identified by its holly-like leaves and flowers with two stigmas.

Anna Thirlwell


Dawn Chorus – Sandal Beat Wood. (SE609037) 2nd May 2021

Leaders: Louise Hill
Members Present