Sunday, 25 November 2012

Billy no mates …

Park Corner Heath Reserve, 13 March 2012

Early this afternoon I joined Colin Knight for a stroll around BCs Park Corner Heath Reserve in East Sussex. Spurned on by the Brimstones, Commas and Peacocks recently reported, we had high hopes. Despite ‘The Great Awakening’ of yesterday we were greeted only with ‘The Great Sleep’ of today. Despite the lack of butterflies, we enjoyed a very pleasant walk around this super reserve where wonders have been accomplished in opening up the woodland in readiness for the coming season. Our spirits were lifted as we observed at least seven pairs of Common Toad (Bufo bufo) in amplexus. Several strings of spawn were noted. A lone specimen, apparently not invited to the party, was found wrapped in dry leaves under a sheet of corrugated iron.

We didn’t see the sun on what turned out to be a fairly cool afternoon.

Maybe tomorrow ...

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