340 - Mute Swan .... A pair overhead on Saturday - very common around the ditches in the adjoining two squares but not often seen over the plot here.
341 - Sparrowhawk .... A single bird flanking a pair of Buzzards all soaring high above the Church. Not quite what I was expecting but preferable to one whizzing past the workshop and reducing the Blackbird or Great Tit population by one or two .... as has frequently happened over the years.
342 - Procumbent Pearlwort Sagina procumbens (left) ..... thanks to Seth for drawing my attention to what I've long thought was a moss in a lot of the old potted plants and seed-trays. I've been weeding it out for years but had to search a bit before finding it growing on the ground outside the barn.
343 - Wood Anemone Anemone nemorosa ..... Had resigned myself to searching the Castle's woods for this one but - lo and behold - it's in the roadside woodland bank just up the road from the plot's front gate .....
344 - Cherry Laurel Prunus laurocerasus ..... on the edge of the bluebell wood.
Meanwhile, back in the arable field by the Church:
345 - Thyme-leaved Speedwell Veronica serpyllifolia
346 - Thale Cress Arabidopsis thaliana
347 - Common Flat-backed millipede Polydesmus angustus .... under a log in the rookery wood. Invertebrates are still woefully lacking from my list .... mostly down to the cold weather although suspect I'm on dodgy ground with these too .....
348 - Yellow Slug Limax flavus .... I'm in danger of becoming fascinated by slugs - this one was under a wooden planter outside the workshop door but it was soon keen to show off it's gaping pneumostome (breathing hole). Hope I wasn't overworking it. Well, I've learnt something about them at least .... that and the fact that I can highly recommend slug photography. It's the next one up the activity scale after watching paint dry ....
Now on to 348 species ...... maybe we can just fast-forward to summer - desperately need some WARMTH .... and PDQ!
A quick breakdown of the first quarter's figures to date:
BEES, WASPS & ANTS: 4
BEETLES: 2 (sorry Mark T. - one of several taxa of shame)
BIRDS: 64 (all pretty common stuff but quite pleased with Green Sandpiper, Merlin and Water Rail)
BUTTERFLIES: 1 (wow! .... and we're already into April; ditto for MOTHS)
FLORA: 130 (OK - the guilty secret's out .....)
GRASSES, RUSHES & SEDGES: 14
MOLLUSCS (SLUGS & SNAILS): 16
MOTHS: 1 (as per BUTTERFLIES above)
SPIDERS: 1 (see also BEETLES above - this time apologies to Matt P.)
TREES & SHRUBS: 33
TRUE FLIES: 8