Easter Sheep

It has been a delight over the winter months to see the sheep in the fields as you travel around the Wirral. (Mainly viewed from the top of the bus).  These are herds brought down from the welsh hills to over winter, not just on grass but amazingly in more traditional ways on harvested arable fields to fertilise them naturally.  I cannot  ever remember this happening in the Wirral during my lifetime until now.

No lamb for Easter anymore

The pregnant ewes will  disappear back to their home farms as they prepare to lamb,  the rest  following once the grass starts growing again on the hillsides.

What a beautiful mellow Easter has turned out this year, mild temperatures and soft rain.  The Blackbird and robin have been joined by the wren and goldfinch and to great amazement  the greenfinch.

Greenfinches practically disappeared over the last few years due to a lethal mouth disease, Trichomoniasis,  which has made them a very rare occurrence.  This year there seems to be a better presence if the prevalence of song  is anything to go by.  They  can be heard  pretty much anywhere calling to each other in their melodic baritone song.

Early Butterflies and Solitary Bees can be seen on early wildflowers on warm balmy days.  The more wildflowers we allow the better the food source avalaible for them. 

Marsh Marigold
found in damp boggy areas

Wood Anemone
as the name suggests woodland