|Holly Blue (male)|
|Green-veined White (female)|
And on the fast growing nettle, dock and bramble patches I found some more critters.....
|Green Shield Bug|
|Green Shield Bug|
When I wasn't watching critters or listening to birds I couldn't see, I was admiring the carpets of Bluebells.....
and also the many Red Campions that have shot up over the last couple of weeks......
|Red Campion and Bluebells|
|The early spring flowers like the Lesser Celandine, wild violets and snowdrops have all gone over now, so it's now time for the later spring flowers........|
And dont forget the trees, the Horse Chestnuts are in flower too.........
On the subject of trees, there have been signs up in the park for over a year now, asking people to be vigilant for the Oak Processionary Moth Caterpillar.....
The caterpillars not only destroy Oak tree foliage, but their hairs are toxic and can be shed at will. This is a link to bbc news report in 2010. Since 2010 every main park in west London is monitored at this time of year, and any nests found are destroyed before the caterpillars hatch. So you may see some trees marked like the one below.......
But as the nests are destroyed early, there is no great concern at Cranford Park.
And lastly St Dunstans church was open again today. I was chatting to todays two volunteers who advised the church will be open every Saturday and Bank Holiday from 10am to 4pm until September. If you've never visited the church before, I can highly recommend it. The little church is steeped in history.
The proposals for the future of Cranford Park are also on display here, but next Saturday is the LAST day. If you haven't had a look at the plans yet, either at the open weekend a couple of weeks ago or on-line, then why not come down to the park next Saturday and enjoy your own Bluebell and wild flower walk around the woods and park afterwards......?
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