Exmoor In The Spring

Now that the weather is settled and drier it’s great to take a walk around Exmoor’s woodlands.  Trees are leafing up and teaming with small birds.  The birdsong and activity towards attracting a mate and nesting makes it easy to watch and identify them whilst distracted.

A visit to Webbers Post and Horner Wood for instance just now will show many Robins, Chaffinch, Great Tits, Blue Tits and Blackbirds within easy reach but with some patience and a bit of luck there you might spot Woodpeckers, Nuthatch, Tree Creepers, Blackcaps, Wood Warblers, Redstarts,  Pied Flycatchers and Spotted Flycatchers.  Most of these will recently have returned from Africa to breed.

At the same time whilst walking around, be aware of what is happening underfoot.  A rich wildflower landscape is appearing.  Beautiful displays of native bluebells in April and May, set against wild garlic carpeting shady arrears with its green spear-like leaves and amazing garlicky smell.

Wood sorrel can be found growing around the base of trees.  White bell flowers against leaves looking like shamrock.

After the wet winter we have endured, I can recommend a walk such as this to lift the spirits.  Enjoy and rememebr to stop of for afternoon tea at The Exmoor White Horse Inn

Written by Peter