Judas TreeFriday 14th April 2000
A Song Thrush gives a varied performance form a canal-side hawthorn, now in fresh green leaf. A Kestrel hovers over the field.
An Oak that forms part of a hedgerow has hung onto to its leaves through the winter but has now shed them. The bare branches are peppered with Marble Galls, in which the larva of the gall wasp Andricus kollari grows and pupates. The generation that hatches from the marble galls are all females. They lay eggs on the leaf buds of Turkey Oak. From the small galls that develop a generation of both males and females emerge.
One hedgerow Wych Elm is hung with confetti-like winged seeds.