By James Duncan
Leaning & Engagement Officer
Now that astronomical spring is finally here, the days are longer than the nights and nature responds with vastly increased activity - bird migration is well underway, insects are emerging and buds are blooming. I thought I'd celebrate (within COVID-19 reason) by finding a daily species to photograph, share and enjoy. These will be something that everybody can get out and find close to home.
The Lesser Celandine (Ficaria Verna) really is a flower that marks the beginning of spring, being one of the very first British wildflowers to appear. It's a flower of damp, shaded places and you'll find it carpeting woodlands, often growing with Bluebells. This is a flower so loved by William Wordsworth (his favourite, in fact) that he wrote no less than three poems about it. Here's an excerpt...
"There is a flower, the lesser celandine
That shrinks, like many more, from cold and rain
And, the first moment that the sun may shine
Bright as the sun himself, 'tis out again!"