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Fingle Spring Diary 2016 no.2

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.

The bluebells are on their way

The bluebells are on their way



Oil beetles are looking for a mate

Oil beetles are looking for a mate (MP)










words – Matt Parkins

images – Paul Moody

One Comment

  • ninafenner

    24th April 2016 at 9:09 am

    That’s interesting, I didn’t know that about celandines and oil beetles. I’m looking forward to seeing all the bluebells appear in the cleared areas.


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