Good Friday: Myers Allotment

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The first day of our Easter break and the sun was shining. I walked up to Clarke’s Lot to check on the grike which is filled every year with primroses. Only a few flowers so far this year.

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By Slackwood Lane bark peeling from the trunk of a gean, or wild cherry, was catching the sunlight.

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I generally try to avoid walking on the roads, but Slackwood Lane does have the advantage of perhaps the best view of Leighton Moss…

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It also brought me to the bottom end of The Row…

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..and hence to…

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I’ve been intending to have a wander around this reserve for years, but somehow seem to have never got around to it, despite it’s proximity to home.

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I really enjoyed this visit and I suspect I will be back sooner rather than later.

Because it’s a Butterfly Conservation reserve, I was expecting to see butterflies. I know that’s illogical, and I realised that at the time too, but never-the-less, every slight movement had me spinning around expectantly. I didn’t see any butterflies.

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But there quite a few bumblebees about. Most were bobbing from spot to spot, efficiently evading my camera, but I spotted this one amongst the leaf-litter, keeping almost perfectly still. It wasn’t dead, as I thought at one point,  but I’m not sure what it was up to.

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This could be Bombus Hortorum a common and widespread bee, or, more intriguingly, it might be Psithyrus Barbutellus, a cuckoo bee which preys on Bombus Hortorum in much the same way that Cuckoos prey on other birds.

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I thought these striking yellow legs might help with identification, but it seems not! Maybe they are just dusted with pollen?

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Coltsfoot.

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At a coffee morning I acquired Roger Phillips’ ‘Grasses, Ferns, Mosses and Lichens of Great Britain and Ireland’, and consulting that I’m inclined to say that this…

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…which was growing on an oak tree, is Common Polypody.

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A number of paths criss-cross the allotment and I shall have to make several visits to attempt to make a good mental map of the place.

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Hazel catkins.

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I returned home via the Row, Lambert’s Meadow and Burton Well Wood.

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Marsh Marigold in Lambert’s Meadow.

In Burtonwell wood I finally saw a butterfly, but wasn’t quick enough to get a photo of it. I did catch some emerging leaves..

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Sycamore.

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Honeysuckle.

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Ivy. (OK – not emerging these).

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Celandines.

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Good Friday: Myers Allotment

4 thoughts on “Good Friday: Myers Allotment

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      Thanks Alan,
      I enjoyed taking them and then have enjoyed looking over them to put together a post – the joys of blogging. I’ve been back to Myers Allotment today and have discovered a view which I think means that it will become a favourite place to visit in the area.

  1. Quite surprised that even having lived there for several years there are places on your doorstep you’re yet to visit. It’s a real treasure trove for walks, makes very jealous compared to our local walks of muddy arable fields

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      Yes, it is pretty fabulous. I’ve been out a lot over the last week and although mostly it’s the same routes I’ve walked many times, there’s always something new to see.

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