Three things to look out for on a winter walk

Dark clouds over the sea

A winter walk is just the thing to set you up for the day AND you may want to keep an eye open for three things that have been recently spotted.

Recently a queen Buff-tailed Bumblebee was seen on the Main Heath. It was identified as a queen by its size. It might have been feeding on the European Gorse, which is partially in flower. This is early to see them out and about .
 

Buff tailed bumble bee
Buff tailed bumble bee
Buff tailed bumble bee


There are also some fungi that you might spot. One in particular that you may come accross is the Hoof Fungus/ Tinder Fungus  (Fomes fomentarius) which is to be seen  on a birch tree at the back of Renwick Park. This fungus is becoming more widespread and although it has been seen on a vareity of trees it is normally found on birch. Once established on a birch it will kill the tree..

Hoof fungus on an old birch tree
Hoof fungus on an old birch tree
Hoof fungus on an old birch tree

You will see many varieties of birds as you walk around. One in particular to keep an eye open for is the redwing. Recently a flock of about 50 redwings has been spotted in one of the big trees in the coppice plot immediately by the wall in Canadas.

Winter snack for a redwing
Redwing eating a red berry
Winter snack for a redwing