Sunday, 26 April 2015

Masses of eggs.

I've never come across these before. They are egg masses laid by a water snail, Lymnaea stagnalis, sometimes known as the the great pond snail. My garden pond is full of these snails this year and there are large quantities of the egg masses laid on leaves which have fallen in the water.

When out of the water the egg masses look like transparent jellies, up to about an inch long.

There can be up to 120 eggs in each mass! So plenty of snails next year.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Garden wildlife

After my walk on Chantry Hill I was relaxing in the evening in my garden when I noticed a little visitor on one of my birdfeeders.

It looks like it was a yellow necked mouse. It was bigger than the usual wood mice that we see. It enjoyed a good meal of sunflower seeds.

A walk on Chantry Hill

A sunny day on Monday, so a walk on the downs. There was plenty to see. A fox carrying a mouthful of freshly caught prey; ravens, kestrel and buzzards; yellowhammers and tree pipits; grey partridges running; skylarks singing.  The grass was full of violets and cowslips. The blackthorn was in full flower. I met two lizards, running across my foot! So much to see, it's a place I'll be going again.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Cup fungus

I found this strange rubbery cup fungus in one of my gravel patches today.

I haven't been able to identify it but it looks similar to peziza types.

Any suggestions are welcome.

Where do I Walk?

Mainly around the National Trust land at Washington Common and Warren Hill in West Sussex. I also spend some time around my old Steyning walks and other interesting places in West Sussex.