Spring life at Kingcombe
(Above) Lambs by Chloe Goddard (below) Lesser Celandine by Chloe Goddard and Lady's Smock by Chloe Goddard
Over the last few weeks the dog violets have joined the lesser celandine and primroses out on the reserves. Wood anemones and wood sorrel can be found beneath the trees which are just beginning to show signs of new life.
On Mary’s Well Lane the first bluebells have shown themselves and the early purple orchid flower has appeared up from between its spotted leaves on Pound Plots.
Lady's smock, cowslips and lords and lady's lily
Lady’s smock, lousewort, germander speedwell and cowslips are also out in the meadows and the greater stitchwort flowers are dotted over the hedgerows. The dogs mercury, going easily unnoticed with its subtle green flowers, is lining the edges of Mount Pleasant along with the huge spotted leaves of the lords and ladys lily.
Kid's club spring discoveries
At the kid’s club the children have confirmed the presence of moles, squirrels, the green woodpecker, otters, bank vole, deer and badgers by going out on the reserves to look for their tracks, poos, feeding signs and shelters.
The young nature detectives from the Kid's club can also tell us that the tawny owl around the centre has been eating rabbits and small rodents.
Few images better depict the arrival of spring than the sight of new born lambs gambolling in the fields, and that’s exactly what you could see on the farm throughout March. Now the majority of ewes have lambed and are out grazing South Poorton and Nunnery Mead with their young, making way for the first of this year’s calves…