28th April 2015

Woods are wonderful at this time of year and Tresswell Wood near Retford in Nottinghamshire is no exception. In the brilliantly annotated by Notts Wildlife Trust free leaflet the Notts Wildlife Trust, who manage this big, coppiced woodland, informed us that there is a Midland Hawthorn, which has smoother leaves than the usual indented  Hawthorn. Spring watch want to know when we see the first May flowers open– they weren’t out in this wood last week but we were also lucky to see and hear newly arrived migrant Chiffchaff and Blackcap there. Conditions: Sleet, hail and rain showers with a strong breeze, followed by blue skies. Temperature: Max 11- Min 6c.

Chiffchaff were calling through the wood

Chiffchaff were calling through the wood

Several Blackcaps were singing their beautiful song- here's a female in the Blackthorn blossom

Several Blackcaps were singing their beautiful song- here’s a female in the Blackthorn blossom

The Midland Hawthorn has much smoother-edged leaves than the Common Hawthorn

The Midland Hawthorn has much smoother-edged leaves than the Common Hawthorn

The leaves of Common Hawthorn

The leaves of Common Hawthorn

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