Just been catching up with recordings on my trail camera in the garden. Getting foxes every night plus occasional badgers. I was hoping to add a video but the file is too big. Took this frame from the video which clearly shows who’s in charge even though it is known that Foxes & Badgers do mingle & quite often share a sett or den. The fox quickly cowered away to a safe distance when the badger turned up.
The perception is that grasses are green, yet this striking example of Reed Canary Grass shows the lovely red inflorescence in July. It is a grass that prefers damp or watery habitats and can grow very tall, 5 foot, with a stem that is stout and reed-like. It often grows side branches from the stem nodes as seen in the photo, or sometimes aerial roots as the stem leans towards the water.
I have never seen a Leech before, although they are reported to be common. This photo was taken at a shady muddy pond in Centre Vale woodland at Todmorden I fished out an old Beech husk that seemed to have moving legs and found 2 Leeches underneath. Only about 10mm long but it quickly extended its body when it saw me looking at it! On closer inspection the whole pond was teeming with them.
I have been out a lot yesterday and today. Here are a whole ton of things of interest.
Above we have Wild Angelica Angelica sylvestris. It is a common plant along streams and brooks, as it enjoys wet soils. Bees also enjoys the very round umbrella-like flowers, hence the name of the type of flower, umbellifer.
Above, we have Bird’s Foot Trefoil Lotus corniculatus. A common meadow plant it is a member of the pea family and also the foodplant of the Common Blue butterfly.
The above fern is Common Male Fern Dryopteris filix-mas.
Common Figwort Scrophularia nodosa above, quite a peculiar plant.
The above is Sowbread, also known as Cyclamen hederifolium.
I do not know if this is Mugwort or Monks Hood, it was growing in a field.
Above, is Wild Honeysuckle Lonicera periclymenum.
Is this Common Knapweed or Greater Knapweed?
I was rather amazed to find this Scented Mayweed Matricaria chamomilla.
Then this is Feverfew Tanecetum parthenium.
Then finally to finish up, White Stonecrop Sedum album.