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Nature Notes – January 2018

By January 4, 2018January 7th, 2018Wildlife

I set out with friends to look for flowers on 1st January – I know you think we are a bit mad!

Longrun was feeling distinctly squelchy but with wellies on off we strolled.  Progress was slow as we looked carefully along the river bank and the hedge margins.  My highlight was seeing the tiny red female flowers of the hazel along with the long dangling male catkins and then a single celandine flower just beginning to open on the river bank.  However to my great amazement we saw an otter swim rapidly past travelling down stream in the Tone – I had waited 16 years for my first sighting so you can imagine the smile on my face.   Oh and by the way we found 12 flowers in all.  Not bad for a local stroll.

 – Helen

Our records were added to the BSBI’s New Year Plant Hunt. You can see our plant list here.