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Spring’s lovely show of woodland plants

Nature Notes by Peter Gay April is usually a month of sunshine and showers, refreshing the ground after a March drought and giving us our long beautiful spring, the envy of many warmer countries where it is a fleeting season between winter and summer. Many woodland plants need to flower before the trees unfurl their leaves and cast them into …

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Mild winter weather yields glorious spring

Nature Notes by Peter Gay Few areas of the country offer as many opportunities to hear nightingales as east Kent. The first usually arrive from southern Europe in mid-April, and by early May the beautiful song of the males may be heard in several woods that are regularly coppiced. Numbers fluctuate from year to year, but there are often quite …

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Sunny days — but beware those sharp frosts

Nature Notes by Peter Gay On a leafy bank something stirred in a small hollow in the gnarled roots of an old tree – common lizards were awakening to bask in the warm spring sunshine. Five eventually emerged to feed on beetles, grubs, flies and other small insects. They will mate later this month or in early May and the …

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