Now that spring has well and truly arrived after a few months of very changeable weather, everything is beginning to grow here at CONKERS. The trees are starting to leaf and the flowers and starting to bloom. We have already seen bluebells, forget-me-nots and cowslips in flower. The Sensory Trail has recently been improved by planting new flower beds at the beginning of the trail. Plants such as violets, campions, wild strawberries have been planted to give a wide variety of colours and hopefully fruit, and soon wild garlic will be planted to give the area a smell I particularly love in the spring.
Another area that has seen things growing is our willow swamp, and the invertebrates that live under the water there. We hold pond dipping sessions for school groups as well as public groups during school holidays, and now the weather has warmed up a little, we should begin to see a lot more species. Dragonfly and damselfly larvae should begin emerging soon and we will hopefully find more of their larvae, along with the larvae of caddisflies who use sticks to disguise the young until they are ready to pupate and become the fly. Another species we may see more of with the sunnier days are newts, who may bask in the areas of water which the sun warms up and if we’re lucky we may see them coming up for a breath of air. During the half term coming up, pond dipping sessions will be run on Friday, so come along and see what you can find!