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.

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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.

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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.

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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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