Who am I? Well that changes pretty regularly depending on what mood I’m in but I’m the girl who wants to learn the name of every flower, bird and insect. A fairly recent obsession because as a child I was content to watch and observe but now I want to share, that’s why I’ve decided to start work on my own little Arkive of knowledge exploring all the animals and flowers I track down.
Today I visited Saltram park, a National Trust estate in Devon. I was astonished by the number of birds I was able to see the moment I entered the woods: blue tits, long-tail tit, nuthatch, wrens, robin, crows, great tit, chiffchaffs, a house sparrow, buzzards, and tortoiseshell butterflies. There were canada geese, shelducks, and egrets in the estuary and even a pair of mandarin ducks (in Saltram house pond…)
But what I was really after was flowers… plants… definitely flowers. I’m not as yet skilled enough to be able to identify plants from their leaves. In the wooded area I found Lesser periwinkles, violas and navelwort. On the lawns primrose, Lesser Celandine and daffodils.