|A burnt patch at the west edge of the wood. 7 April 2012.|
Crofton Heath connects several differently named woods, including Sparrow Wood, which I walked through part of in March last year. The top photo shows a patch at the edge of the wood which had burnt sometime in the last few days. There was no serious damage, but if it spread this far it shows that the wood might be vulnerable to a larger fire, especially if there is a hot dry spell.
These woods are right next to suburbia, with gardens backing onto them in several places, and garden refuse has clearly been dumped around the edges. This plant is one result.
|Variegated Yellow Archangel, Lameastrum galeobdolon ssp. argentatum. 7 April 2012.|
|Wood Sorrel, Oxalis axetosella. 7 April 2012.|
|Midland Hawthorn, Crataegus laevigata. 7 April 2012.|
It was still early spring, and only a few flowers could be seen. It was cool, so few insects were about, though I did see a couple of queen bumblebees, Bombus lucorum, and a moth flitted past at one point too fast to be identified. There were some odd pieces of old brick and concrete work in places, near a site which was once an isolation hospital, and near the entrance to the woods was this sign, in Victorian metalwork:
|A metal sign saying "Isleworth Blue School Governors", on the edge of Gumping Common. 7 April 2012.|
The last photo for today is a closeup of some fungus found on the underside of a fallen branch.
|Split Porecrust, Schizopora paradoxa. 7 April 2012.|