Even in the city centre there is rough ground where weeds can grow – here by the canal towpath.
These pictures show the catkins, and also the complexity in the colouration of the leaves.
This may be the 14-spot ladybird, Calvia quattuordecimguttata.
Whatever its species, it is not one I remember ever noticing before.
This spider’s web was catching pollen from the hawthorns as well as other detritus.
This tiny fly was resting on the edge of a buttercup flower.
The raised areas on this leaf are galls, caused by the depredations of some tiny insect.
A butterfly which, like many species, likes basking on the ground to catch the sun. Small coppers are usually flighty, but this one let me get close enough for a portrait.
This one may be a male: males defend small territories. Notice the chunk missing from the right wing.
Probably the marsh yellow-cress.
This bold squirrel was almost demanding peanuts.
Flowers of different conifers.
Cow parsley with the flowers almost completely out (above) and just about to open (below).
Immature heron fishing from a bed of young reeds.