On Thursday (24 March) I popped down to the wood to see if the numbers of flowers out around my TrackaTree trees had changed at all, now that the nights are getting less cold. They had not, but elsewhere in the wood the Wood anemones are starting to come out, with smaller numbers of Lesser celandines. This is what we would expect to see at about this time of year.
This weekend was the last of the winter work parties of the Friends of Hillhouse wood. To celebrate we had a massive nine people turn up, including two new faces, which was great. And there was quite a varied list of jobs to do. Continue reading
So – the wind has veered to the north, wintery squalls are scudding across the sky, and thus the obvious thing to do is a Trackatree field visit to see how Spring is getting on. And I can report, with no little excitement, that things are stirring in the TrackaTree parts of Hillhouse Wood. Continue reading
So, thanks to El Ninjo, this winter (so called) is proving to be an odd one indeed. Our daffodils have been in flower for two weeks (normal time is first / second week in March), Twitter is awash with images of Snowdrops, and on Sunday Richard Jefferson and I saw our first Primroses (actually, Richard spotted them – I’d marched straight past; probably talking). All of which means I’m feeling TrackaTree pressure even earlier than normal. Continue reading
A few days ago a film crew from BBC Countryfile spent several hours in Hillhouse Wood, near Colchester. They were filming a clip relating to Ash die back, and the Woodland Trust (who owns the wood) had suggested that our wood would be a suitable one to use. This was on the basis that a) it has mature Ash trees, b) it is easily accessible, and c) (I suspect) that the Friends of Hillhouse Wood, a local support group, would likely provide someone to look after the filmers and make sure they didn’t get lost / trash the wood / hold an all-night rave. Continue reading
In early October I led the third of my Autumn Fruits walks in and around Hillhouse Wood, near West Bergholt. These walks focus on berries and nuts, but also cover whatever else we find along the way. Continue reading
On Saturday I led another nature walk around Hillhouse wood. At least with most of the ‘action’ centring on flowers I knew that there would be something to see – they can’t run, slither, swim or fly away. Continue reading
After today’s Trackatree visit to Hillhouse Wood someone of my advanced years needed a lie down. Everything in the wood more or less stood still for the first half of March, due to the consistently cold temperatures, which rather took the pressure off my TrackaTree monitoring visits. But you know that, once things warm up a bit, nature will make up for lost time. Continue reading