Despite the dog, I saw two muntjac deer, a hare and a short-tailed vole; primroses were in flower and the rosettes of early purple orchids were showing. These were on bare ground except for a moss, which I think was Rhytidelphus loreus. There were a few scarlet elf caps nearby. One of the things I want to do this summer is identify plants and mosses in close association with orchids to get a feel for the extent of plant competition, aggressive or otherwise/
|Early purple orchid rosette|
|Moss, Rhytidelphus loreus (I think)|
|Scarlet elf cap|
The previous day I went to Harvest Hill, a Warwickshre Wildlife Trust reserve near Coventry. This is a small meadow, which at this time of year has flowering wild daffodils (Narcissus pseudonarcissus) which have none of the coarse, brashness of daffodil cultivars.
It's definitely spring.