A lovely varied walk around Ugborough Beacon to Three Barrows and back to Moorhaven via Corringdon Ball and Aish.
The grass on the more sheltered eastern face of Ugborough Beacon was full of heath milkwort in colours ranging from ultramarine through white to pink.
I checked the bracken above Peek Moor gate to see if the vapourer moth caterpillars had hatched yet. Mine haven’t. I found some eggs and no caterpillars, so maybe they are waiting for the weather to warm up.
The footpath by Corringdon Ball, from Ball Gate to Aish Ridge, is a wonderful place for flowers with a mix of moorland, marsh and hedgerow flowers. Sadly rain and size made it hard to get good photos.
Water-loving brooklime and bog stitchwort.
Lots of bluebells:
Lots of umbellifers too: cow parsley still dominates in the hedges but rough chervil is just starting to flower, along with hemlock water dropwort by streams. Pignut and sanicle are common too – pignut widespread, sanicle more isolated in shady patches. There is an impressive clump of alexanders by the river at Cheston.
Lower down, the verges and fields are full of buttercups, both creeping buttercups and taller, more delicate meadow buttercups.
Lots of yellow archangel in the hedgerows
and patches of Russian comfrey,
white-flowered honesty in Aish, possibly a garden escape,
early purple orchid near the railway line between Aish and Glazebrook,
and yellow pimpernel.
Near Glazebrook, an oak apple and a pretty moth, probably a satin wave. Oak apples are caused by a gall wasp, though a different one from the one that causes the hard brown oak marble galls that I’ve always called ‘oak apples’.