Sunday, 19 February 2012

1st day of Spring

Whilst officially Spring doesn’t begin until mid March over the past couple of weeks its finally started to slowly arrive. In fact after spending a day walking around in the sunshine close to Morecambe Bay we’ve decided that this year Spring arrived on the 19th February. With the temperature forecast to reach the dizzying heights of 15C later on this week it might even be overtaken by summer.

Snowdrops at Gait Barrow NNR
Pollen bearing Hazel catkins at Kenworthy Wood

P1040661The far smaller and almost insignificant female flower of the Hazel again at Kenworthy Wood

P1040714Scarlet Elfcup at Leighton Moss found between the causeway and lower hide on rotting Elder.

There’s also a similar Green Elfcup fungi that can be found in the limestone woodlands around the Silverdale area. Historically due to the green colouration it gave to timber it was highly prized by cabinet makers and other craftsmen. Fortunately the insensitively named Jews ear fungi has been rechristened as Jelly Ear in the more recently published reference books.

Scarlet Elfcups at Leighton Moss.

Jews ear fungi on Elder at Leighton Moss

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