|Will there be any water in the spring?|
|It was very exciting to see the water table was high enough to start filling|
It still felt very atmospheric inside the cover of the trees. Down in the dip of the spring, the trees towered overhead and their roots twisted and wound their way down the steep banks.
The tree trunks were covered in moss, lichen and fungi, making a patchwork of colours and textures.
|The spiky aerial roots of the ivy, used to climb and |
hang on to the tree.
|Frilly white bracket fungus - looked like enamel|
A robin sang to us the entire time we were there and the blue tits and great tits flitted around the tops of the trees.
There were plenty of signs of other wildlife living around the spring ...
|We found several nibbled conkers|
|Something had been digging holes - maybe a squirrel or Jay digging up their store?|
|A mouse or vole living in the banks of the spring|
|One of last years nests - in a hole in a tree|
|Such clever construction!|
|We found 3 large fox or badger holes that had wooden posts stuck in them.|
Why would somebody do that?
Something had been living there ... but was no longer! We found this skeleton, maybe a rabbit (or at least something with big front teeth!)
The flowers were starting to make their presence felt, despite the recent cold weather...
|Hedge garlic - loved by the caterpillars of the Orange Tip butterfly|
|Bluebells - looking forward to seeing those in flower|
|Celandine - several flowers had already gone over|
|Dandelion flower bud|
|Dog violet - foodplant for caterpillars of some of the fritillary butterflies|
|The Lords and Ladies (Wild Arum) were unfolding their leaves|
As we left, we looked over at Culverton and what we believe were the farm cottages where my great-great-grandparents lived after they married. That must be where they planted and nurtured the rose cutting that they took from Pyrtle Spring all those years ago.
|Culverton and the farm cottages|