First , my favourite member of the Hawkweed/Hawkbit/Hawksbeard family , because it is the easiest to identify . Although all members of the Daisy family , they nearly all have a Dandelion type , and coloured flower , except Beaked Hawksbeard , which I posted a while ago , with it's outer florets yellow but orange underneath . The other exception is Orange Hawkweed-Pilosella
aurantiacum , which does as it says , has orange florets . I found just two plants on a roadside verge on our way to hedgelaying , but last year there was a really good number of plants , giving a great show , but I think aggressive strimming may have put paid to a repeat show this year .
The field we were working in also contained a herd of young cattle , and naturally enough , lots of cowpats . On a couple of them , I found a fungi which has found it's niche in such surroundings .
Small orange coloured discs , quite easily overlooked , Cheilymenia stercorea .
Quite close to where we were working , were two pairs of refugia , and I must admit that I had a couple of looks on both days , but found nothing more than an immature Grass Snake underneath , but on one visit , I found this Roesel's Bush Cricket , stretched out on top of a felt , showing the 'springs' that can propel is , when it wants to move quickly .
On both days , we were treated to Tawny Owls calling from the same location .
And finally , I thought I would post just one shot of the finished hedge , the first completed this season .