Our Wildlife FieldThe field is managed to encourage local wildlife and bio-diversity.
As we know winter for gardeners is the quieter time of the year. However there are exceptions, especially when it comes to Malcolm and his hardy friends who have braved the elements and cleared a patch of nettles to the far north west corner of the meadow, planting 20 hazel whips, primroses and bluebells in their place. The Saturday team have also been energetic, pollarding our poplars, cutting back infected branches and removing other trees where the roots were invading the foundations to the hall.
Close inspection of the anthills now reveals a pepper pot appearance created by the green woodpeckers. They have been making the most of the marshy surroundings which encouraged the ants to move to dry, but as it turns out, unprotected levels. If we are blessed with a few warm days this month you may spot a butterfly or two. It is not uncommon to see a red admiral and then towards the end of the month, the (yellow) “brimstone” and “orange tip” may be seen.
The most eagerly awaited sign of spring will be the appearance of several large blobs of frog spawn in our pond. The pond has been covered with mesh over the winter to limit the number of leaves which, in excess, can damage water quality. Frogs are able to creep under the mesh when spring warmth encourages them to emerge from hibernation.