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Wild Flower & Butterfly Walk 8th April 2018 2.00 pm

Monday 9th April 2018

A rather wet afternoon set the scene for John Vetterlein's second 'Flower & Butterfly' walk of 2018. Yet 15 visitors made the effort to attend and took a full part in the proceedings. Much of the time was spent in and close to the woodlands, with only a short excursion to the eastern part of the cemetery by the Yew Tree Path. As John warned at the outset, we encountered no butterflies on the walk, although there was compensation in watching an aerial tussle between a crow and a kestrel, hearing nuthatches and greenfinches, and seeing the rain fall away through the afternoon.
The floral display comprised many of the species expected in April, but the cold, wet weather did mean we were faced with flowers reluctant to put on their best displays, preferring to 'sit it out' until the sun returned.
The Green Alkanet [1] by the cemetery entrance was in flower, as were the nearby Red Dead-nettle and Wavy Bittercress. Later, a sorrell was spotted (species not determined), as well as some brave Daisies, and many fine displays of Primroses [2] and domesticated Daffodils. Lesser and Greater Periwinkles, Bluebells – many still as developing flower heads [3], but some in open flower - Barren Strawberry, Lesser Celandine, Wood Anemone [4], Lungwort [5] and False Oxlips all added to the flowering herbs found, and a Field Woodrush supplemented the count. In addition, a number of trees and bushes in flower decorated the route, including Wild Cherry [6], Blackthorn, Cherry Plum and impressive swathes of Gorse [7]. Some Forsythia [8] was spotted just beyond the wall but was given honorary membership of the cemetery for the day. Conifers discussed included the Western Cypress, Italian Cypress and Hiba.
Our thanks to John for leading the walk and to all who attended. We hope to see you all next month again.