Five years ago Stefen Hill Pocket Park (Stefen Leys as it was then) was neglected, ill-maintained and litter strewn. It is true that specimens of the Common Dog Poo, Crappus caninus, still occur but even these are far less common. Residents have worked hard to improve the area as an environment and those efforts deserve recognition.
Today dawned bright and sunny and I made a fairly early visit. Conditions were still quite cool and there was a heavy dew but there were insects a-plenty on the wing.
Norway Maple, Acer platanoides, was in flower. It looks rather like a sycamore but the latter has flowers which hang in trusses whereas those of the Norway Maple are in rounded clusters.
Norway Maple has flowers in rather rounded clusters.
Stefen Hill Pocket Park. 1 April, 2019
Syrphus vitripennis is one of our commonest hoverflies. Its wasp-like
appearance probably affords it some protection from predators. Stefen Hill
Pocket Park, 1 April, 2019
The Harlequin Ladybird is now all-too abundant. Here it is on
Norway Maple at Stefen Hill Pocket Park. 1 April, 2019
The male catkins of Hornbeam are quite attractive with their
reddish stamens. Stefen Hill Pocket Park. 1 April, 2019