April 18th 2016

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IMG_8362Sheffield’s wild flower policy is paying dividends near us. The Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly, hadn’t been seen in our garden for ten years, and has been declining all over the country, until last year when it re-appeared. The other day we saw this one warming up on the wild flower meadow planted two years ago beside Little Roe Woods. It is probable that it is the new meadow that has helped sustain a local population. Cowslips were out in numbers, providing early nectar. Lovely to see many Bluebells and patches of Golden Saxifrage in the wood, too. Apologies for another break in transmission! This time the internet was the problem and soon it will be me having a break. Conditions: Very sunny and blue-skied. Temperature: Max 14- Min 3c.

Golden Saxifrage- really a brilliant two-tone lime-green

Golden Saxifrage- really a brilliant two-tone lime-green

Golden Saxifrage, which loves damp woodland and stream edges.

Golden Saxifrage, which loves damp woodland and stream edges.

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