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Nature Notes – March 2018

Well so much for spring – I walked quickly through the meadow today and watched children enjoying sledging down the bank in flood field. The river Tone was completely frozen over as I crossed into French Weir. I guess over the next few days there will be floods as the ice and snow melts.

A frozen river overhung with trees.

The Tone iced over


The parallel lines of a traditional Devon hedge - trees laid horizontally to for a barrier.

The finished hedge – before the snow!

Do have a look at the newly laid hedge which is now complete. There is clearing up to do and then planting of tree whips – these are small trees which when planted in the hedge will increase the hedgerow biodiversity. We have a mixture of hawthorn, blackthorn, hazel, spindle, field maple and dogwood.

We now have frog spawn in the ditches so let’s hope there are soon more signs of spring.