It’s April and Fingle Woods is springing back to life after a winter of destructive winds and wild water in the river Teign. Signs of life are now all around us and Paul Moody spent a sunny Sunday afternoon getting down to ground level with a series of photos to welcome the warmer weather and longer days. This Spring diary provides a few ideas for interesting things to look for as the season develops.
Spring Diary 1 – The First to Leaf
Sycamore is a tree that is the subject of many debates. On one hand, people say “it’s not a native” but, on the other hand, it has been here in Britain for over 500 years; even William Shakespeare wrote about it. In that time, it has found itself a place in our woodlands and, though its broad, shading leaves and fast rate of reproduction give it a chance to become dominant it has many advantages and is slowly finding some friends. The sycamore is early into leaf at spring time and provides one of the first sources of nectar for insects and even our Fingle dormice will eat the sweet flowers in the tree canopy. Also early into leaf is the honeysuckle; the stripped bark provides dormice with their favourite nest building material after they emerge from hibernation.
words – Matt Parkins
images – Paul Moody