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Springtime - April 1st 2012

The temperate early Spring weather has encouraged an impressive showing of violets (viola odorata), which greet us along all paths from the South entrance of the wood: this variety will sometimes throw out a white flower. Noticeable too are the fresh green leaves of the Cuckoo Pint, alias lords and ladies,(arum maculatum), some of which we trust will survive to show their bright red berries in the autumn.
Celandines are appearing, and we are reminded of the patch of Winter Aconites near the hollowed Sycamore, covered now by a fallen branch. It is hopeful however, that more will have survived nearby.
Many of the numerous dead Elms came down during an exceptionally strong gale. They inevitably increase the process of Ivy cover, so prevalent in Mocketts.
Our volunteers continue our fight against the persistent interloper, both on the ground and its habit of climbing the tree trunks! And I haven't even mentioned the Alexander!

We continue to need volunteers. Please join us, even for a few sessions in our bid to keep that small wood under control for future generations.

June-July 2011
 What a delight it was this spring when Andrew, mulching a newly planted tree, spotted a Song Thrush’s dining table! Yes, a large stone surrounded by a mass of broken snail shells!
Later I found a full account of this bird’s habitat and lifestyle in! “The BT0/CJ Garden Bird watch book” compiled by MikeToms. The natural and numerous photographs and interesting text, make it a must for any parent who wants to introduce a love of the natural world in their child.
This exceptionally hot weather reminded me of several occasions when I have seen a blackbird panting spread eagled on a path in Mocketts Wood. Hopefully, the surrounding houses are well equipped with bird baths.

For more information please visit the B.T.O. website at,or write to:-
The Membership Secretary, B.T.O. The Nunnery, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 2PU.

Cherry Blossom

A morning walk in February 2011

.Now the long established patches of violets are out where the meadow grass covered the area and aconites and snowdrops (gardening escapes) will appear. Soon a mass of celandines will cover the ground. If you take the small path to the left, look left to see hazel catkins from 3 trees regularly coppiced. This path will join the main centre one through the wood, but remember at this time of the year, to listen for the soft drumming of the woodpecker; the tall trees still bare of leaves will afford you a sighting of many birds here.

Joyce M