Many thanks Dave, Wurzel and David M.
The work carried out over this winter, with both the contractors and their machines,
and volunteers, have transformed the whole area. New wide rides and inroads into
some of the Birch scrub should provide a suitable environment for the growth of Dog Violets
leading to a healthy, thriving population of Small Pearl Bordered Fritillaries.
I am sure many other Butterfly species will benefit from this site management once
the newly worked land has had time to re-establish and mature.
As for early flowers, besides the Snowdrops, I have several Primroses in flower
and a Camelia about to bloom. None of these should be out before mid February.
Besides these the Daffodils in a local car park are out.
Does this point to another early Butterfly season ?.