The Pasque Flower – rarest of Easter treats

Therfield Heath seemed like the ideal location for a walk on Easter Monday afternoon. It lies looking northwards across the flatlands of Cambridgeshire, the ancient market town of Royston sitting to its north-east and is a good birdwatching spot, hosting a large numbers of grassland birds and accompanying raptors .…

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Blue moment

Bluebells in Kitchencroft Wood, south-west of Standon, Hertfordshire, catching their moment in the sun before the canopy of leaves above closes off the sunlight until the autumn.

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Bombylius major – The Large Bee Fly

Bombylius major When warm days come in  the first weeks of April the bumble-bees are joined in the bright spring air by a ginger and brown ball of fuzz called the Large Bee-fly, a bee mimic that performs erratic dances through garden flower-beds with its characteristic long proboscis extending out…

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April Morning

Fields lit  through curtains of gossamer mist hold a secret at each turn. Glowing air, moist  yet sharpened still by the cool of night, passes through bare branches inter-weaved shadows in a duo-tone of gold and brown.  The Skylark’s are up  sending their rolling ribble out across the valley. Chiff-chaff,…

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