Saturday, 16 April 2011

Yockletts Bank

Yockletts Bank (Kent Wildlife Trust) by Martin Washford

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Yockletts is a woodland park, consisting of beech, hazel, holly and other deciduous trees. Sprint erupts with a carpet of wood anemone.

Carpet of wood anemone

Wood anemone close-up
The anemone then give way to the familiar carpet of bluebell, in between which, a number of other spring flowers can be seen, including lesser celandine

Lesser celendine
Emerging cowslip
Twayblades are making an appearance too
Yockletts is famous for its variety of orchids, the twayblade being the first, followed by early purple.

Pussy willow [taken with 65mm macro lens]


Whilst walking back to the car I heard a noise that sounded like a swarm of bees. On checking this out I could only locate 3 or 4 'bee-like' individuals. Once home, I checked out the images in detail and found them to be bee-flies. When flying they are much louder than common or bumble bees.

Bee-fly feeding on primrose
Bee-fly resting

A few brimstone were there too.

Downy pigeon feather caught in leaves

Wild clematis left over from last year

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