Meadows in May

Welcome back. Not sure whether it should be “Spring is sprung” or “Summer is a coming in” as, following the prolonged spell without rain through April and the first half of May, things are a way behind the normal. The recent rainfall and forecast warm weather should, however, release all that pent-up growth in the seed bank in a big rush so watch this space!

In the meadows, the tall grasses (especially Timothy) are in ‘flower’ providing much-needed food for the smaller bugs and the yellow Dandelions and Field Buttercups are attracting early bees. Ox-eye Daisy are standing by to burst into flower and yesterday I saw the first orchid flower – an Early Purple (clue’s in the name!).


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Field Buttercups & flowering grasses in South Paddock


Flying insects (other than numbers of wasps and wee bitey things) are in short supply because of the lack of food but we have seen newly-emerged Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell butterflies and many bumblebee queens prospecting for nesting holes among the meadow grasses.

Birdwise, the first Swallows are here and have already nested in the stables. They are enjoying evening meals of those wee bitey things that I spoke of just now. Our large breeding population of Tree Sparrows have their first young and Blackbird and Starling fledglings have left the nest to become noisy, food-demanding members of the Greenhillock family. You can currently see many other species  but I want to save their story for another time.


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Great Spotted Woodpecker feeding young by Wildlife Pond

With Ash being the last, all trees are now in leaf and some in blossom. The May flowers in the native thorn hedges are now out, so it should be safe ‘to cast a clout’!

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Welcome to our new-style blog

Much has happened since we last posted here and we are now fully immersed in our first full season as an eco-camping and glamping site. You can read all about us at greenglamping.co.uk or on Facebook so, in future, this blog will concentrate on the interesting and exciting wildlife we have seen and heard recently at Greenhillock. For those of you already coming to visit us, it will give you a feel for what you will find when you arrive. For those of you yet to book, I hope it will encourage you to come and see for yourselves the huge variety of flora and fauna to be found here.


 

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Early bumblebee feeding on Sycamore pollen


To introduce myself as your new blog author, I am Bryan one of the four Founder Directors of our small family business and custodian of our five acres of lovely wildflower meadow for the past 25 years. I am passionate about conservation and habitat creation but hopefully in a non-nerdy way. Nothing gives me more pleasure than watching the so-called common birds and insects go about their daily business and it will be my pleasure to share some of this with you over coming months.

Signing off now but back with you soon.