Lack of recent blog activity has been due to Heather doing her dissertation leaving little time to look at the computer. I have still been out and about spending time walking stretches of the River Lyne at Ulgham and Ellington. I have been walking around the former opencasts of Stobswood and Steadsburn. Usual birds on the wetlands here but Red Legged Partridge was the first sighting for a number years with 2 at Ulgham. Old opencast workings seem to throw up odd looking Dandelions but the smoother leaved individual above may be an aberrant or some sub species perhaps. Greater Chickweed was between Ellington and Lynemouth along the riverside path. In the same area the bracket fungi is I believe Willow Bracket.