Monday, 28 March 2016

Blackthorn/Sloe berry (Prunus spinosa)



25/3/16

Blackthorn, also known as 'sloe', is a small deciduous tree native to the UK and most of Europe.

Early flowering, blackthorn provides a valuable source of nectar and pollen for bees in spring. Its foliage is a food plant for the caterpillars of many moths, including the lackey, magpie, common emerald, small eggar, swallow-tailed and yellow-tailed. It is also used by the black and brown hairstreak butterflies.

Birds nest among the dense, thorny thickets, eat caterpillars and other insects from the leaves, and feast on the berries in autumn.

Sloe berry

Leaf

Plant

Lords-and-Ladies (Arum maculatum)

Leaves

Friday, 25 March 2016

On this day 25/3/16

Burley roundabout



Sleeping lamb



Dog's Mercury (plant),
 lesser celandine (plant)
Brown-lipped Snail, Cowslip (plant)




Curlew


Black Rabbit 

Curlew

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25/5/15




Rabbit

                                        Black Rabbit 




Brown Rabbit (3)
      

Jackdaw


Wood Forget-me-not.



25/3/16

Wood Forget-me-not. A pretty plant with bright blue flowers, Wood Forget-me-not can be found along woodland rides and edges, in ancient and wet woods, and sometimes in hedgerows and verges as an escaped garden variety. It flowers between April and June.




 Wood Forget-me-not has hairy stems and narrow, oval leaves. Clusters of five-petalled, azure-blue flowers with white or orange centres appear at the tops of the stems.


Dog's Mercury ( Mercurialis perennis)


Mercurialis perennis, commonly known as dog's mercury, is a woodland plant found in much of Europe as well as in Algeria, Iran, Turkey, and the Caucasus, but almost absent from Ireland, Orkney and Shetland.


25/3/16

Primrose (Primula vulgaris)






Red dead-nettle (Lamium purpureum)

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