Butcher broom, and Penduline tit

Butchers broom in Lark Wood near Kineton in Gloucestershire???…

No….. well we did not find any.   OK you may wonder why, but I wanted some photos because at this time of year they are in flower. Tiny flowers but in flower and I wanted to get a photo of some. I had found a SSSI report that said they were in Lark Wood in the Cotswolds so we went there and it was muddy and cold and we walked and walked, there was a little stream and and a ford with a foot bridge and we saw a Little Egret..

 

We saw quite a lot of Laurel Spurge but no Butchers Broom.

On the way back we stopped of at Plocks Court in Gloucester to see the Penduline Tit. There was a small group of Birdo’s some with huge lenses and the guy with the longest lens and thus the main  man  showed me where the Tit was and it immediately flew  from that point to somewhere else and I saw a flash of small bird and so I said OK I have spotted it and Mr Man said yes and that brings my bird count for the year to 163.    One Hundred and Sixty three!!!!  and I have seen about 30 so far… That is why he was Mr Man and had a huge …… lens.

I hung  about after every one else had left and saw a small bird flitting about….. several times and each time it was not a Penduline Tit. It was a Stonechat.

If you are wondering why I wanted a photo of Butchers Broom in the first place, the reason is another blog about.

   Woodland Wildflowers.

Do click the link and have a look, also if anyone knows where I can see some  Butchers Broom in the Gloucestershire/Monmouthshire area please let me know. I am also looking for some Stinking Hellebore.

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Cladonia pyxidata

These are growing on the wall at the end of my garden. The lichens are a species of Cladonia, probably pyxidata but I am not sure and there is also some moss.

The whole scene is about 5cm across…. a little world of its own.

Taken with the aid of a flash unit and then 4 photos stacked together.

Sea Daffodil, Pancratium maritiimum

The Sea Daffodil also known as Sea Lilly is very common in this area of Western Spain. In fact I recall having seen it along the coast near Barcelona, also, in Calpe and I think in Greece.

 

Anyway it is typical of southern European coast lines. It is supposed to flower from August to mid October, but I caught this one in early November.

After flowering it produces a 3 valved capsule which contains black seeds that look like little chunks of charcoal.

Lizard Orchid

Lizard orchid which I photographed in France a few years ago…. It would be nice to come across one of these in Gloucestershire. I have seen them on Newmarket race course many years ago.