The first trees to flower are the hazels, wild cherries, the elder and the rowan. There is also some sloe blossom in the old hedge-bank. The Pussy Willow catkins are good sources of nectar for bees.
|Wild Cherry planted April 2014|
|Rowan planted April 2014|
|Goat Willow (Pussy Willow) 2016|
|Elder - existing hedgerow|
|Caterpillars hidden from predators inside their 'tents'|
Some early flowers are dandelion, celandine, lady's smock - the food plant of the Orange Tip butterfly. The leaves are opening on the Alder Buckthorn, but no sign of Brimstone butterfly eggs yet.