To see a world in a grain of sand
And heaven in a wild flower
Hold infinity in the palms of your hand
And eternity in an hour.
Naturalists love a survey and plantlife have launched their effort, The Great British Wildflower Survey. People have less contact with wildlflowers and know less about them. This survey aims to find out numbers in order to make sure they are still there for future generations.
In my area the police are doing census stops. They pull people over at random and ask questions and do a quick check over of the car. As I had gone through two census points and traffic was slow I stopped in a lay by for a minute to do a count of species spotted. I can identify a small handful of wildflowers, so I’m always happy for projects like this that will teach me more.
There was no shortage of cow parsley.
Then patches of common ragwort.
A few tufts of common knapweed covered in pollen beetles.
Patches of herb robert sticking out here and there. This one complete with hoverfly.
And plenty of white clover, thistles and nettles.
On my commute I am still enjoying listening to Watership Downs. Nothing too tragic has happened to the main characters, but I feel it’s all about to go downhill for them. Here are some rabbits spotted today. You can just make them out as little dots as I only had my ipad and phone to hand for a photo.
And a chaffinch that was singing away merrily. Again, sorry for the poor image quality.
Then back home I’ve seen the goldfinches out lots. They’ve gone from being totally absent to everywhere.
My results for the Great British Wildlfower Hunt are submitted, so I’ve done my bit for conservation today. Hopefully I’ll pick up the names of a few more species as I go on.