Posted by: lensweb | June 1, 2013

River Trent Flower and Bird Ramble

LENS Flower & Bird Ramble along River Trent – May 20, 2013. 

Park at end of Meadow Lane, Long Eaton, for approx 2  1/2 mile flat walk with no stiles, to explore the wildlife of the Trent Valley.

Grid ref  SK 503 328

Leader  Christine Carrier
We decided it was definitely a dandelion year as we stood posing in a field of bright yellow flower heads in the sunshine, it was easy to smile for the photo.


LENS group

Walking on wide paths with lush vegetation adorned with ladies lace and birds serenading us from poplar and willow trees. Blackcap, goldfinch, dunnock, wren,  robin, a pair of green woodpeckers, graceful terns patrolling the river, and yes, a distant cuckoo.  Yellow charlock, winter cress and rape, creeping and bulbous buttercup, blue ground ivy and lilac dames violet.



White trumpets of field mouse-ear beamed from the banked up fine sediment where a secret footpath led to a sandy beach by a blue lagoon.


Helen and David on ‘the beach’

Reassured by the familiar backdrop of Ratcliffe power station, we knew this was reality. Oak, spindle, whitebeam, hawthorn and hazel, a trembling copse of aspen marked the turn to the Pasture Lane path back to Trent meadows.

Marion Bryce


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