Despite being plunged back into cold winter temperatures after an all-too-brief glimpse of sunshine, there are definitely signs of Spring here at Denmark Farm. Catkins are swaying in the chilly breeze, and snowdrops are blooming enthusiastically in the courtyard beds.
Snowdrops at Denmark Farm Conservation Centre
The hawthorn leaves have already burst forth in shades of spring green, and the wild rose leaves will soon follow. There is plenty of birdsong too, with recent drumming from a greater spotted woodpecker almost mistaken for drilling as final jobs are finished on our new Eco Lodge.
Frogspawn has now appeared in most of our ponds and scrapes. Pond Conservation are running their Big Spawn count again this year, so now is the time to get out and watch for those clumps appearing in your garden or local pond. The more people counting, the better the information for Pond Conservation.
Frogspawn at Denmark Farm Conservation Centre
(Photo by: “Welsh Dragon”)
The following mystery object was also found along one of our paths, looking almost like clumps of mini-frogspawn. We’ll be adding it to the ispot website, but if anyone has any ideas as to what this is, please let us know: