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Quote:- 'Snowdrop, venturous harbinger of Spring, And pensive monitor of fleeting years! (Poet - William Wordsworth)
9th February 2018
Snowdrops at Ablington, Gloucestershire
(OS Grid Ref. SP104076 Nearest Post Code GL7 5NY)
Snowdrops in the village of Ablington, Gloucestershire - located in the Coln Valley and also in the Cotswolds, which is designated by Natural England as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Snowdrops are the forerunners of spring and one of our first flowers of the new year. All are white and most have green tipped inner segments. Their botanical name is galanthus, which is Latin for 'milk white flowers'. They are totally hardy, and if the weather is cold the flowers last longer. Snowdrops look best when naturalised. They prefer light shade and are ideal for growing under deciduous shrubs, or in a woodland setting. Snowdrops dislike soggy soil and thrive best in humus-rich, moisture retentive soil. Snowdrops planted 'in the green' i.e. whilst in full growth, establish quickly.
The embedded map uses Ordnance Survey data Crown copyright and database right 2018.
This linked map is a Google Map close up view with the option to view in Google Street View (depending on your device).
Many thanks to Stephanie from Ohio for the suggestion
2nd February 2018
Spurn Point, East Riding of Yorkshire
Spurn Point is a national nature reserve featuring a long, three and a half mile sandy spit into the Humber Estuary from the Holderness Coast. The area is a Mecca for birdwatchers, with many rare species and thousands of migrant and winter visitors. The present Spurn lighthouse was designed in 1895 by Thomas Matthews. It was last used in 1985. There is now no vehicular access down to the Point, but parking is available in the public car park at the Blue Bell. A tidal surge in December 2013 removed a section of the road, leaving Yorkshire with a newly created island at high tide. Access is now solely on foot, bike, or aboard the specially equipped vehicle on which the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust runs Spurn Safaris.