I didn't take as many photos as I thought, the weather was a bit dull and blustery though so it wasn't the best day for them.
A few plants were flowering by the stream, not too many but enough to add a splash of colour to a bit of a dark shady spot.
Marsh Marigold (Thanks Louise!)
The shapes of the trees are fascinating
On the other side of the motorway we saw our first Skylark of the year, it rose up over us singing loudly. Though we didn't see much else here, i'll keep doing the detour through the year to see what else it brings.
We did see lots of blossom!
Back in the woods we walked right down to the bottom of the Pit Hill Fields where they join Churwell New Village, the stream runs alongside the field mostly hidden but opens out at the bottom, a Kingfisher and Mallards have been seen here recently but not while we where there!
We walked a different way round the field back towards the woods, another (or the same) Skylark was now over the field rising and falling and singing, the song was the soundtrack to a big chunk of our walk!
Lots of the trees were covered in this bright yellow lichen
View from the top of the Pit Hills, the stream runs through the trees, you can just see the M621 past the trees and the green field is where we first saw a Skylark
A few weeks back the Highways Agency started planting trees at the side of the motorway near the woods and the tunnel that leads under the motorway. The Churwell Environmental Volunteers who look after the area have been asking for this for some years so were very pleased to find out they are planting about 400 trees - Silver Birch, Oak, Holly, Hawthorn and bird friendly shrubs.
The spot shown in the second photo already has a few small trees and we had a very close encounter with a Goldcrest there earlier in the week.
The ponds and parts of the streams were full of frog spawn, we didn't see any actual frogs though.
Lots of shoots are coming up in the water now too
The bird hide area is proving very popular with people and birds! We saw a Great Spotted Woodpecker, lots of Blue/Great Tits, Chaffinch, Blackbird, Magpie and Dunnock.
A good mornings walk and I added a Skylark to this years patch list.