Spring Sightings

During a walk at Howell Wood, South Kirby, I found masses of opposite-leaved golden saxifrage (Chrysosplenium oppositifolium) in flower along the banks of a stream.

Opposite-leaved golden saxifrage

This is an attractive and common plant but it isn’t as well known as some of the other spring flowers.

Opposite-leaved golden saxifrage

Lots of chiffchaffs are now singing in local woods. I heard blackcaps in Seckar Wood at the weekend and they have been singing at Stanley Ferry Flash today. An interesting sighting reported today by Mark Archer is a little ringed plover on the new balancing pond at Stanley Ferry.

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