21st April 2013
A lovely sunny day, so we headed out to Ashwellthorpe Lower Wood in search of Bluebells and Early Purple Orchids. I had never been before, and nearly kept up that record as we went past the new car park twice (not seeing it the first time, then seeing it too late the second time!). As we walked down towards the wood a Peacock butterfly flew past us, and we were greeted by the strong smell of Wild Garlic just inside the wood. Many of the spring migrant birds have now 'caught up' following the late onset of spring, but it soon became apparent that the flowers are still well behind. We didn't see a single Bluebell in flower, and early spring flowers like Lesser Celandines and Primroses dominated. We did see lots of Wood Anemones, which was nice. On the bird front we heard a Tawny Owl and had a couple of Buzzards fly over, whilst butterfly wise we saw more Peacocks and Brimstones. A nice place, I'm sure we'll visit again at some point.