There were only nine “rain-
As usual, February was a quiet month for wildlife sightings but a visit to Mere Sands Wood Nature Reserve was rewarded with close views of four superb Bullfinches on the feeders. At least 16 species of birds and a Brown Rat were taking advantage of the free handouts!
Signs of spring always raise the spirits after a long winter. My first singing Skylark was on 20th, while the following day Common Whitlowgrass was blooming abundantly at Marshside. This tiny white-
Snowdrops are always easy to find in February, almost all being the common Galanthus nivalis. Our best site is at Cabin Hill Wood where it puts on a spectacular show. A small population of the Green Snowdrop (G. woronowii) at Hesketh Road, Marshside, now supports ten large plants with their characteristic broad, bright-
Management activity on our coastline continues apace in winter and I was pleased to see that the National Trust has cleared lots of Gorse on Larkhill Heath, Formby. To tackle the Gorse problem on parts of Freshfield Dune Heath Nature Reserve, the Lancashire Wildlife Trust organised an experimental burn of half a hectare, supervised by a fire crew from Formby Community Fire Station who used it as a training exercise.
Reg Yorke drew my attention to a fascinating 200-
What a difference a couple of centuries make!