Work will soon begin renovating East Park, thanks to a Heritage Lottery Fund grant. The striking clock tower in the distance above will once again be getting a clock.
The bandstand is currently in a sad state of disrepair.
Blooms on an impressive camellia bush by the lodge at the entrance.
The avenue of mature plane trees forms a tunnel even when their leaves are gone. This view looks back towards the lodge, which is pictured below.
And finally: to disprove my recent posts which have been talking about Danish scurvy grass as a plant which is spreading only in thin strips along busy roads, there was a patch several yards across in East Park.
Quite a number of bees were hovering on a bare patch of ground on a bank by the Staffs & Worcs canal – probably they had a nest there. This one stayed resting on a leaf, warming itself in the sun, long enough for me to grab a picture.
From a return visit to the patch of Danish scurvy grass on Seisdon village green. The picture below shows just how narrow a strip this grows on by the side of roads.
These violets grow on the same small stretch of sunny bank as the lesser celandines which were pictured yesterday. Every spring the two sets of plants flower at about the same time.
This web closely followed the lines of the twigs it was spun on. It showed up by the water which was condensing on it from the cold mist.
Lesser celandines flowering at a sheltered spot by the Staffs & Worcs canal. Both pictures were taken on cool, cloudy days, the bottom shot a couple of days before the other one.
Not actually wildlife, but the work which goes on to maintain the places we use where wildlife also thrives, here the canals.
All the lock gates on the British Waterways system are built at a workshop at the end of the Bradley arm of the Birmingham canal, which now leads only to that workshop, though it was on the original, Brindley, main line.
The workshop had an open day recently. These pictures were taken then.
The early morning mist was very dense: the tree was perhaps twenty yards away, with the canal directly behind it.
All images from the same small pond featured on Tuesday.
A water snail between two recently hatched tadpoles.
More water snails, feeding on the build-up on the pond lining.
Snails feeding on frogspawn or the nearby vegetation.
Tadpoles, spawn and snails.
The pollen only appears on male trees. Once it appears the flowers have gone beyond the bud stage which looks a little like fur and gives the tree its name.
Inkcaps are a set of mushroom species which shed their spores by deliquescing – it appears their caps are disintegrating into a black, sometimes gooey, mess. Different sections of these clumps of glistening inkcaps were showing different stages along that process. The most recent fungi in the foreground above, though towards almost complete disintegration to the left of the third picture.
A plant which in recent years has become visible as a white ribbon directly next to roads, usually busy ones. Danish scurvy grass is a plant which can tolerate high levels of salt in the soil where it grows (a halophile).
Winter gritting leaves such salt levels in the edge of verges. It is possible that the seeds also spread in car tyres. So this tiny flower is now becoming common in early spring, often found in a band only a few inches wide.
Most of the patches I’ve seen have been right by very busy A-roads – not comfortable places to stop to photograph. These were on the edge of the small village green at Seisdon.
It was a dull and chilly day when I was there, so the flowers are only half out.