Autumn may be months away but some interesting fungi is already putting in an appearance. You will most likely smell this stinkhorn fungus well before you see it!
The bluebells have come and gone but we now have a wonderful display of foxgloves in the area we cleared last year by the big fallen oak tree.
Two photos taken today that show what happens to ground flora when rampant holly growth is left unchecked and also when managed through a regular coppicing regime.
I would say that the bluebells are just about at their best now. Go and see them at the weekend when you have the chance.
I expect the bluebells will be at their best in four or five days now. Get down there and see them while you can!
Although I did spot the first bluebell in flower today the real "star" of the show at the moment is the wood anemone. An indicator species for ancient woodland we are lucky to have carpets of these 'windflowers' in shadier parts of The Copse.
It was our last work party of the season this morning and Diana, Sheila and Juliet took part in "The Big Wokingham Litter Pick" collecting all this rubbish in just a couple of hours. Good work ladies!
Mike Saynor, Colin Melhuish - HCCV Joint Co-ordinators