Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Wildlife Survey: Cherryburn

Tuesday 15th May 2012

Seasonal Affective Disorder belongs to February; eight degrees and no sunshine in the middle of the day in the middle of May just isn’t right ( we shouldn't really have been suprised, it wasn't a Wednesday after all).
Nevertheless, we seasoned wildlife surveyors were not to be deterred from our mission to catalogue the flora and fauna of the wilder parts of Cherryburn. Whilst no doubt benefitting from the plentiful rain of recent, our flowering plants could really do with a bit of warmth to meet seasonal norms - and make identification easier.
Wildlife Recorder at Work

Edge of Cherryburn Dene

Much of the property is house, garden and paddock, but there is also a dedicated Wildlife Garden and a surprising area of other wildlife-friendly land in the hedgerows to the west and the strip of woodland along the dene on the east and north sides. And, to encourage birds and bats, NT Rangers have been putting up an assortment of boxes in the trees.
A new home

Common Sorrel

English Bluebell
Our survey revealed no surprises in the plant population, but we were treated to being watched over by a tawny owl as four red kites circled overhead.

A Tawny Owl keeps an eye on us

Hawthorn Blossom
Ribwort Plantain

Forgetmenot carpet
Dog Violet

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