Once inside we were excited to see whether there would be any water in the spring. I was hopeful there may be some as it seems to have rained a lot recently, but I guess the water table is still low after the summer, as the bottom of the spring was muddy, but had no water in it.
A dry spring is still fun and Bug Mad Girl and Rosie the dog had a lot of fun racing up and down the slippery banks, jumping in the mud and balancing on logs.
We found a few nice fungi growing in the spring. I was expecting to find more though as the damp conditions and fallen logs would seem to make it the perfect spot.
|A delicate little fungus, possibly a pleated inkcap.|
|Jelly ear - such a descriptive name for a fungus!|
|King Alfred's cakes - named because they are supposed to resemble burnt |
buns. You can see the newly grow brown 'cakes' on the right. These turn
blackand charcoal like when they mature, as shown on the left.
|Fairy inkcaps hiding under a log|
|Bracket fungus growing all the way up a tree trunk|
As we were leaving we found a ladybird in the grass. I think it was probably a harlequin ladybird, but it had unusual black and white markings.
Then a flock of seagulls flew up from one of the nearby fields. We don't see many seagulls around here, so it was quite a site. I suspect a red kite had mobbed them and disturbed them as there were also several kites circling over head.