The first of the year of my Woodland Walks around part of the regular location I visit.
Mostly the leaves have not appeared on the various deciduous trees as yet.
There is still quite a lot of standing water in shallow ditches etc that will dry out as the year progresses. Primroses are in flower in some parts, but not as prolific as last year although it is early in the season now.
There are Lesser Celandines, but the ones shown are from a small wood just a short distance from this woodland as are the first few Anemones and Bluebells.
A lot of trees have been felled during the Winter months.
The next four images are of a pond on the heathland (part of the woodland). At this time two years ago, numerous Toads and Frogs visited and spawned in the water and remained for a short period.
Last year there were only a few. A look at the site now revealed that the Forestry Commission have cleared away the vegetation and bushes from around the waters edge. Its rather doubtful if anything at all will be observed this year as it will take some time to recover. It could hardly be described as landscaping and careful management of the environment. If they haven't visited recently, local Birding Colleagues may not even recognise this area as shown on these images.