Out and About at Gorse Hill

24th March was a good day for photos and one plump little hedgehog!

It was a lovely sunny day encouraging Ladybirds to emerge, visitors and volunteers to take photos and an ideal day for one little hedgehog!

These Ladybirds were on the wooden rail running along one of the footpaths in Cabin Wood. It is worth looking down as well as up!

Ladybirds on the march
Photo by Mark Walters

 

 

 

These are images of things to see in Cabin Wood.  Although the Snowdrops have finished flowering can you spot a new sign of life amongst the leaves?

End of Snowdrops in flower
Photo by Dorothy Galvin

 

Owl sculpture in Cabin Wood
Photo by Dorothy Galvin

 

Stone Frog in Cabin Wood
Photo by Dorothy Galvin

Daffodils
Photo by Dorothy Galvin

 

Blossom
Photo by Dorothy Galvin

 

Dragonfly at Seldom Pond
Photo by Dorothy Galvin

 

Last year ‘Harry the Rescue Hedgehog’ was pronounced fit and healthy by a local vet and was released into Cabin Wood.  His story featured in our Nature Trail Magazine.  Joan has nursed another hedgehog back to health and, again after an all clear from a local vet, has found a new home in Cabin Wood.

It was released on Wednesday 24th and, as you can see, made a bee line for the hedgehog box!

Hedgehog release
Photo by Joan Jones

Hedgehog finding a new home
Photo by Joan Jones

 

Hedgehog exploring it’s new home
Photo by Joan Jones

 

We all love a happy ending!

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More signs of Spring, curious lambs and watch out for the ‘deer’.

There are always changes to spot in Cabin Wood especially signs of Spring and new curiosities:

Daffodils in Cabin Wood in February
Photo by Fred Izzett

 

 

Late February daffodils were beginning to flower

 

 

 

 

Daffodils
Photo by Su Haselton

 

 

 

By mid March they were in full bloom

 

 

 

 

Primrose in Cabin Wood
Photo by Su Haselton

 

 

Primroses are showing their full glory

 

 

 

 

 

New arrivals in Cabin Wood – you could be lucky and spot the real thing!

 

Wooden Deer in Cabin Wood
Photo by Su Haselton

 

Wooden Deer in Cabin Wood
Photo by Su Haselton

 

More signs of Spring in our woodlands

Goat Willow
Photo by Kate McIver

 

 

 

Male Goat Willow catkins put on a show

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over the Autumn and Winter our meadows are grazed by sheep.  They are always curious, especially the lambs and these are images of just some of their antics that make us smile

Curious Lambs
Photo by Kate Wildman

 

Just Checking
Photo by Chris Sandison

King of the Castle
Photo by Chris Sandison

 

Is this edible?
Photo by Kate Wildman

 

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What can you see in Cabin Wood? At this time of year there is still plenty you can look out for in our woodland.  All the following images were taken from the main path in the woodland on our ‘one way system’.

Seldom Pond 20 January
Photo by Fred Izzett

 

 

The water levels in Seldom Pond vary considerably, look to see if the Oak Tree Island is submerged.

 

 

 

Boardwalk by Seldom Pond in Cabin Wood 20th January
Photo by Fred Izzett

 

 

 

Even in the wettest of weather the walkway past the pond keeps your feet dry!

 

 

 

 

Emerging snowdrops January 2021
Photo by Fred Izzett

 

 

 

Some snowdrops will be just coming into flower

 

 

 

Snowdrops 31.1.21
Photo by Su Haselton

 

 

 

Others will be more advanced

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where are these strange moss covered trees?

Moss covered trees
Photo by Su Haselton

 

Strange Shapes 31.1.21
Photo by Su Haselton

 

Arum family of plants – a type of ‘Lords & Ladies’
Photo by Su Haselton

 

 

Plants appear brought in by wildlife, can you find where this Arum is growing?

 

 

 

Primrose January 2021
Photo by Fred Izzett

 

 

 

Primroses will be coming into flower

 

 

 

 

 

The is plenty of Hazel growing in Cabin Wood

Hazel Catkins 31.1.21
Photo by Su Haselton

 

 

Hazel Catkins are flowering, this is the best time of year to see them.  These ‘lambs-tail’ catkins are the male flowers

 

 

 

Hazel Flower 31.1.21
Photo by Su Haselton

 

 

 

The small tiny buds with red tassels are the female flowers and are more difficult to spot

 

 

 

 

 

Ladybird 31.1.21
Photo by Su Haselton

 

 

If you are lucky you might just find a sheltering Ladybird!

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a good time of year for Lichen; there are many different colours and forms

Lichen 31.1.21
Photo by Su Haselton

 

 

Lichen 31.1.21
Photo by Su Haselton

 

 

Lichen 31.1.21
Photo by Su Haselton

 

If you look closely you can see the cup shaped lobes

 

Lichen close up 31.1.21
Photo by Su Haselton

 

There are lots of things to see on your snowdrop walks around Cabin Wood.  We look forward to seeing you.

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