|A typical grass tussock at Kentle Wood, Daventry|
17 March, 2015
Grass tussocks are not only home to spiders but springtails, beetles and many other creatures. As the trees form a canopy these grassy habitats will slowly disappear, hopefully to be replaced by woodland perennials; these would have to be planted by working parties.
|Common Fumitory at the entrance to Kentle Wood,|
Daventry. 17 March, 2015
A pretty specimen of Common Fumitory, Fumaria officinalis, was growing at the entrance, leaning against a gate post. When en masse the greyish, deeply divided leaves have a fanciful resemblance to smoke, hence the common name. The old French name was fume-terre or 'earth smoke'. Not a lot of people know that.
It has to be said that my first visit was not very productive. Two spider species, some millipedes and a beetle are not much of a reward for a lot of bending and cold, wet hands. The consequence is a very short blog.
But it's a start.