April Nature Walk

On day 324 of 365 Days Wild I wandered down to the village nature project to see what I could see.

There are a few new flowers that have now appeared. These include some Forget-me-nots in amongst the tangle of brambles beside the lane, some Red Campion on the sandy bank, the first of the Wild Garlic in the little woodland, and some Water Avens down by the pond.

I spotted a Comma butterfly in the hedgerow. The ragged shape of this butterfly’s wings and the mottled brown colouring of the outside, allow the hibernating adults to hide in among dead leaves over winter, never revealing the colourful display within.

At the edge of the lane outside the meadow I also spotted a stone surrounded by broken snail shells. I think this is probably a thrushs’ anvil, a stone used by a song thrush in order to break open the shells so it can eat the soft bodies inside.

Have you been out for any nature walks recently? Let me know in the comments below.

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