Today (12th Janury 2015) I noticed that there are Snowdrops starting to come out by the burn at Southfield bridge. They've got foliage about 3 or 4 inches high and with the buds showing white. Could not really describe them as "out" -but this early in the year any sign of spring is very welcome. John and Irene tell me that they also have Snowdrops starting to come out in their garden, and we have some yellow Aconites out in ours.
We think we were lucky to spot Snowdrops this week - but have a look at this link to see how many other plants were flowering at New Year 2015. An amazing 368 species of plants were recorded flowering in the BSBI survey for New Year 2015.
The Gorse on Abernyte Glebe has certainly been flowering well over Christmas and New Year. It has the reputation of flowering in every month of the year - but this year it has been particularly prolific.
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There are now lots of bumblebees out and about in Abernyte. Today (2nd April) I saw two species of bumblebees out - the Buff-tailed Bumblebees which have been out since around 12th March and the White-tails, which I only saw for the first time today. There are also a lot of celandines in bloom,, although some of these have been out for a few weeks now. The ones on the corner of the church road are usually some of the first.
Barry has seen his first butterfly of the year today - on the Glebe. It made off before he could decide exactly what it was, although he's fairly confident that it was a Peacock. It was certainly either a Peacock or a Small Tortoiseshell.
Spring must be on the way despite the cold weather.
Swallow seen in Abernyte - our first sighting for 2015. Just swooped past the front of the cottage at about 6.30 pm on 2nd April as we were talking about them with John , Helen and Sam. It must be one of the first as judging by "migration watch" there were virtually none in Scotland 4 days ago.
We hope it was not too dismayed by the lack of the barn where some of them have nested in previous years. If you have suitable swallow nesting places please make the swallows welcome, they may be looking for a new home.
The swathes of pink red campiion are beginning to cover the road verge on the way up to Abernyte from Inchture. The first I noticed was on Sunday 19th April but maybe you have noticed some before that?