I need to learn more about ferns because they are confusingly similar. I got excited that this one was lanceolate spleenwort, which is rare but has a small stronghold in south Devon, but maybe it is common black spleenwort. I thought a key feature might be the opposite pinnae but then noticed that on the other frond they are clearly alternate. Puzzling.

A spleenwort, on Harford Road north of Cole Lane

Still no frogspawn in the pond but it is cold enough for the bullfinches to visit the feeder.




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