Monday, 28 February 2011

Dawn Chorus event

Please note details of the dawn chorus event in panel on right.

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Snowdrops

The Snowdrop season is late this year. Yet after such a harsh weather period, they are worth the wait, and at their best at the moment. Perhaps the finest display is in St Mary's Churchyard, while they occur sparsely in other areas of the Trail and half buried in Ivy in St Mary's Wood. Our common species, Galanthus nivalis, is usually assumed not to be native to the UK. But the jury may still be out on that, as they grow as a definite wild plant as near to us as France, and some of the displays in woodlands and especially along river banks in western England, where they can turn the ground white over a wide area, seem simply too extensive to have been planted by human hand. One theory is that Snowdrop was an uncommon wild flower that was spread widely by organised planting by the church - thus now associated often with churchyards and old religious foundations, ruined abbeys and priories. We still appreciate Snowdrops as flawless symbols of purity and cleanliness, so they are a true reminder of the perfection that appeared defeated by the dark winter of Calvary, but sprang up again to give us all the chance to share the new life of Easter.  - George