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News from the Nature Trail

Jim, who works for The Conservation Volunteers, has been updating us on the latest news and sightings from London's oldest Nature Trail.

  • Dragonfly Larvae from our pond, Photo by Jim Murphy
    , Photo by Jim Murphy

Down on the Nature Trail on the half term walk, we had Giant Puffballs 'a puffing their millions of Spores, while Newts, Dragonfly Larvae & Water Boatman are bringing the pond to life.

  • Newt from the Nature Trail, Photo by Jim Murphy
    , Photo by Jim Murphy

Also look out at the moment for Snowdrops in flower and the aromatic Wild Garlic just emerging from the ground. You will also see Daffodils & Crocuses near to flowering, and Blackthorn's white flowers that come out, unusually, before its leaves.

To cap it all, we had two very large Stag Beetle Larvae in the wood - yes, the endangered variety!

  • Stag Beetle, Photo by Jim Murphy
    , Photo by Jim Murphy

There has been some Tree work being carried out that you may notice. This is to manage the trees to keep them safe & healthy. The bird nesting season is here now & lasts at least till May, during this time vegetation & trees should be left undisturbed so the birds have the best chance of having a successful brood. It is against the law to disturb nesting birds.