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Maylwatch May 2016

Well I have seen a few swallows flying about but the poor things must think they have taken a wrong turn and flown straight to the Artic Circle! It might look Spring-like but it’s feeling more like Winter.
The bluebells are putting on a good show this year. A wood near the Forrester Golf Course at Great Totham is a sight to see. There are no brambles or debris to interrupt the perfection of the azure carpet. It’s right next to a sewage works so is that the key to its healthy state?
There are lots of hidden treasures in our county.  Norsey Wood near Billericay is famous for its bluebell display, Hillhouse Wood, West Bergholt and numerous others. Many, although private, may have a public footpath running through or along side allowing a glimpse of this Springtime Wonder.
The Daily Mail featured a centre page article on 100 glories of Britain. A reserve called Oxley Meadow in Essex was featured as being the best for wild orchids. It’s two, flower rich meadows managed by Essex Wildlife Trust of just 8 acres, isn’t even marked on a map but it can be found at Tolleshunt Knights on the Barnhall Road.  I look forward to finding it myself in a few weeks time.
Our best hidden treasure is Maylandsea Bay in Lawling Creek. Been a bit too cold to stick your head above the sea wall lately, but what do you expect it’s Bank Holiday time!