How could two days bee so different ? Yesterday , we were hedgelaying up on the Greensand Ridge , in overcast , misty conditions , which by midday , turned into drizzle , which steadily got heavier and became heavy rain . At which point , we packed up all our wet gear and headed home .
We returned this morning , and although there was a chill in the air , the sky was blue and the sun was doing it's best to warm things up , which it did . By lunchtime , we were working in teeshirts , but not long after , the warmth from the sun dropped , and it was back to the fleece .
A few things of interest during today :
Amongst the leaves under the hedge we were laying , Lepista nuda-Wood Blewits , the dark staining from the fallen leaves .
Back at the car having a drink , an unexpected Wasp settled on a Bramble leaf , to soak up the rays . At lunchtime , a butterfly fluttered around and also settled on the Brambles , a Small Tortoiseshell , having been drawn out of it's hibernation by the sun's warmth . The odd day will not do any harm , but a prolonged mild spell can be dangerous , as with few if any nectar sources are available , stored energy is wasted , which could compromise their hibernation .
During the afternoon , we were also treated to a Red Admiral that landed briefly on the hedging materials , but it did not stick around for a shot .
Also in the Bramble patch were several House Sparrows . Nice to hear their constant chatter on the far , sunny side of the bushes .
And finally , a couple of shots of last week's hedge .The before shot of a hedge that hadn't been managed several years ago , that had become gappy and becoming overrun with Bramble . The layed hedge , with gaps filled , Bramble removed , which hopefully will provide better nesting sites for birds and act as a safe corridor for small mammals and the like in years to come .
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