Slug

Slug

After a rainy night, slugs come out. Is the pale patch on the tail of this one its eggs?

Oxford ragwort

Oxford ragwort

First introduced into Britain a couple of centuries ago, the Oxford ragwort is now one of the most pernicious weeds, but the flower still brightens up a bit of green space in a city.

Tadpole

Tadpole

One of the tadpoles swimming through the waters of the pool at Wightwick Manor.

Grass flower

Grass flower

Grass flower showing the pollen which can be the cause of misery to hay fever sufferers at this time of year.

Frog

Frog

This frog is using a redundant frying pan, now put into service as a bird bath, to keep moist on a warm day.

Frog

Damsel flies

Damsel fly

Fast moving insects which hunt over water or at the edge of water.

Damsel fly

The day these pictures were taken, there were several individuals of each of these two species hunting by the pool at Wightwick Manor. But these two were the only ones obliging enough to stay still even long enough for a quick snap.

Damsel flies

Chicken of the woods

Chicken of the woods

So called because it is reputedly one of the most flavoursome of the wild fungi. I would not fancy trying with this one, which is growing on a dead tree right by the Chapel Ash roundabout on the ring road.

Lacy leaf

Lacy leaf

All the leaves at eye level of the trees in Chillington woods recently seemed to have been thoroughly eaten, presumably by caterpillars, although I couldn’t spot any of the guilty parties themselves.