We are building a gallery of pictures of the terrain, flora and fauna of the Wendover Canal, month by month. June 2021: Walking along the towpath with dry conditions in warm bright sunshine is now delightful. The tall standing Cow Parsley is in abundance along with Speedwell, Dandelions and other wild flowers. One plant that our photographer Steve Bonser didn’t recognise with a purple flower was attracting Orange-tip butterflies. Anyone who knows this plant then please let us know.
May 2021: There are first signs of some Bluebells near to bridge 4. Recent frosts, gales and heavy rain have stripped the blossom from the trees and bushes which are now in green leaf. Most of the trees planted last year are looking healthy with new growth and the last of the daffodils around the Whitehouses park are in flower. The grass, nettles and dock leaves are growing fast and getting tall.
April 2021: Walking along the towpath it is evident that everything is changing in colour and appearance. Buds on bushes and trees are bursting showing the blossom and new growth, the ferns and stinging nettles are starting to grow too. Even the sheep are enjoying the new grass!
March 2021: We are seeing bulbs flowering and blossom in the hedgerows. Lambs are starting to appear in the surrounding fields, which are starting to green up.
February 2021: The recent cold weather has not prevented the Snowdrops and Daffodils from showing their winter growth. Here are Snowdrops in crisp and frosty conditions by Bridge 4, and Daffodils almost ready to bloom alongside the footpath near to Bridge 4a.