12th February


Approach to Beltony stone circle.

Our stone circle has recently been the subject of an archaeological survey. One theory is that it was a Passage Tomb, but has been excavated over the centuries and now remains as 80 or so standing stones with one out-lying stone. In living memory, cattle were driven through the circle when fires were lit as a purifying ritual.

Bitterly cold and very strong winds.


I knew these had to exist, but I'd never seen one. An Ivy seedling.

Hedera helix.

The other day I mentioned rusts and their host plants. The leaf is Umbilicus rupestris - Navelwort - and the rust is Puccinia umbilici. The fungal rust often takes its species name from the family or species that it infects.


The Opposite-leaved Golden Saxifrage - Chrysosplenium oppositifolium - has now flowered. I'm always surprised at just how 'square' the flower is.

We've had very high winds over the past few days. The canopy had collapsed at this point, dropping a large bird's nest onto the hedge. The nest as shown is about 60 cm across and 30 cm deep.

The nest is made of Bramble briars and thick twigs, with Holly leaves in the sub-structure. Mosses and Bracken have been used to fill in the gaps.

Clearly a large bird, but which one? The white object to the top right of the nest is a silver-colored piece of plastic. I think it might be a collapsed Magpie nest.

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