Spring flowers and squabbling geese, bats and blue tits
From Martin, Forest Ranger at Deerpark.
"It’s been a slow spring at Deerpark but we know it’s coming when we see the red cups of the scarlet cap fungi, the yellow blooms of opposite-leaved golden saxifrage, bluebells and oil beetles splashing their electric blue colour over bright yellow lesser celandine flowers….
…and the geese squabbling over territory. The two Canada geese are nesting on the lower pond by the magnificent gunnera plants and Mr Goose is using the newly created island to keep an eye on things.
Also on the pond, toad spawn is plentiful and the Daubenton's bats can now be seen hunting insects that have fallen onto the water. Alongside the forest rides, newts hunt insects in puddles that will prove all too temporary as summer arrives.
On the birdwatching front, greater spotted and green woodpeckers are drumming for territory, buzzards can be seen wheeling overhead – this is the time they pair up, their mewing cries echoing across our deep valley. Nuthatches and blue tits are looking for nesting sites - our new feeder station will be great for them to bring up their young."