A little piece of ancient woodland on my doorstep
|The wood before the Bluebells Bloom.|
Literally on my doorstep is Coed-y-Canndo wood. This little gem of a place has been somewhere I have spent may hours in for well over ten years. I have taken lots of photos there but what I enjoy most is sitting down on a fallen tree in one of the sunny glades listening to the bird song. At this time of year the noise is incredible. The dawn chorus is something to behold to hear, its absolutely stunning.
- Song Thrush
- Blue Tit
- Great Spotted Woodpecker
- Willow Warbler
- Coal Tit
- Mistle Thrush
- Great Tit
- Wood Anemones ( A very slow spreading species of flower that is a key indicator)
- Celendines ( Resembles big buttercups covers the woodland floor in yellow in Spring and then will suddenly die off as quickly as they came)
- Wood Primrose
- Cuckoo Flower
- Lords and Ladies
- Red Campion
- Blue Forget-me-nots.
- False Nettle
|Lords and Ladies|
The wood is really coming alive now and I am really looking forward to seeing it turn completely blue over the next coming weeks. There is now a buzz in the air as you walk around as there are more and more insects taking to the wing. Its been great to see more butterflies. So far I have seen Small Whites, Red Admiral, Speckled Woods, Orange-Tips and Peacocks.
|Speckled Wood Butterfly|
There are lots of other insects including various species of Bumblebees, wasps, Honey Bees, Hoverflies , Beetles, flies and one weird looking species known as Bee flies ( Photo below).
|Dark Edged Bee Fly feeding on a Cuckoo Flower|
|Dark Edged Bee Fly (Another view shows the wings)|
I am going to start to do some more regular blogging about the wood as I think its a great place that could do with some attention from the wildlife community as it has a lot to offer.
Very soon its going to look like the below photo. Stay safe readers.
|Picture of the Bluebell Carpet taken in April 2017|