There were eight female Pheasants in the field this morning and two Red-legged Partridges yesterday (a new species for the house list this year) and Andy heard a Blackcap singing today.
The country lanes are full of Coltsfoot at the moment. I think it is a beautiful flower. I would leave it to bloom if it grew in my garden but take care to dispose of the flower before it went to seed. It is a very invasive plant and difficult to control. One plant produces 1,500 to 3,500 seeds and they can disperse up to four kilometres away. That is why it is classed as a weed.
|Common Field Speedwell|
Another pretty plant is covering the field across the lane. Common Field Speedwell (Veronica persica). This is the commonest Speedwell in England yet it only arrived here in 1825. It doesn't rely on seeds alone to propagate, just one small piece of stem can grow into a full plant. Strangely, its petals drop off within minutes of the flower being picked.
Made good headway on the new path today. Still lots of work to do but it is enjoyable when you can see it coming together.