Spring Diary 2 – First on the ground
Though the season’s first wild flowers are past their best, one of the first bluebells has been spotted on the banks of the river Teign. As a largely north-facing woodland, Fingle’s season may be delayed by a week or so but many of the early spring flowers are benefitting from the additional light levels created by the woodland management team. The lesser celandine gives a little blast of yellow sunshine at this time of year but it’s not just a pretty face. The celandine hosts the young oil beetles before they hitch a lift from a visiting bee to spend the next parasitic stage of their lives in the bee’s nest.
words – Matt Parkins
images – Paul Moody