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14 Mar

When it comes to fungus the more revolting the better. This started life as a beautiful dry ball
(probably an earthball) and has now ripened and burst into a gooey mess, allowing its spores to disseminate.

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13 Mar

Apart from the areas trampled by fallow deer (on the left in front of the oak) the woodland floor is becoming
green with bluebell leaves. Fallow will be calving in a month or two.
 

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Rose Cottage Lane

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12 Mar

A dark-tinted fallow in the hedgerow, with a very young one.

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Very delicate little wood sorrel flowers are coming into flower beside the stream

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Patches of wild garlic are beginning to cover the right bank, while bluebell greenery is covering
the less wet woodland floor on the left.

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Brantridge Lane

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7 Mar

A fine figure of a fox enjoying the sunshine

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One of those first days of spring in Staplefield

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6 Mar

What originally looked like a fairly smooth-skinned lump of excrement revealed a bit more on closer
examination. It looks like some frog spawn that has been removed from the stream by a predator.
Why it wasn't then eaten is a mystery.
It seems to have dried out leaving just the 'yolks' in most cases.
 

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Like this gorse flower, yellow flowers are everywhere at the moment.
I wonder why so many early-blooming species are yellow?

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Perhaps this is the answer. This bumble bee was scouring the field in vain this afternoon.
Is she looking for something yellow? (Or blue- I think bees see yellow as blue!)

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3 Mar

Not a great picture, but I'm always pleased to see a goldcrest. This one in a hedgerow
by the stream in the woods. It was darting here and there and never stayed still for more than a few seconds.

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Tiny wild daffodils in the woods

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Wild primroses are just coming into flower.
Like the daffodils, many domesticated versions have been in flower for a couple of weeks.

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