Here's a couple of photos from today....I walked the beach at Branscombe today and I saw quite a bit of this kind of thing..
Still, after four years 'BMW Parts Galore'
First 'lying out' Adder I've seen this year. A nice big female.
I used the zoom here.
This afternoon I had to take Rex for a walk ( I can't really take him on my Branscombe walk because he's too much of a hindrance ( in the nicest possible way) now he's so old). I took him to Holyford Woods for a change, these are an ancient woodland and quite rightly an East Devon District Council LNR. I saw my first Brimstones of the year here with at least half a dozen of them on the wing. I also saw a few interesting plants, amongst the obvious Primroses and Celendines there are lots of much more inconspicuous and boring looking plants. Well, that is until you look more closely. Here's a couple I noticed today. I didn't know what this first one was until I looked it up at home.
Opposite-leaved Golden Saxifrage.
Very pretty even with generally green flowers. Another plant with green flowers is this...
Seen here growing with Bramble, Ivy, Celandine and Dog's Mercury.
It's very inconspicuous, in fact so much so that its generic name Adoxa, is derived from the Greek meaning 'without glory'. It's a very unusual plant too and is the solitary species in the family- the Adoxacae. It has the most unusual flower-head, consisting of five flowers, one facing upwards with four petals and four facing outwards with five petals. They almost form a cube, giving the plant it's other well known name of 'town-hall clock'
They are only just coming into flower but this one was almost fully formed.
Another highlight was a fabulous fungi I don't recall having seen for donkey's years...
Scarlet Elf Cup
Walking down into the woods I noticed a Buzzard circling and calling, not that unusual, but when I looked at it through bins I could see it was carrying something, it circled higher and higher, probably part of a courtship display. I didn't get my camera out until it was rather too high for a decent photo, but I got these.
It's carrying what I think is a Vole. Not convinced?
How about now?
Click to enlarge, you can see its little fuzzy body and short tail.
The moth trap's been out the last two nights and is catching quite a few moths, five more here, four new for this year and one that I think is a new one for us, I certainly don't remember catching one before but that doesn't mean much! ;-)
New for garden? Red-green Carpet. (although it has no discernible red on it)
Pine Beauty. Stunning Moth.