With the easing of the lockdown, Finemere Wood is once again accessible to me, and what a joy it has been to get back there.
The majestic common spotted orchids are coming into bloom along the main ride. Fairy-like lesser stitchwort, with its small, white, delicate flowers is abundant in the grassy areas of the site. Warblers, warble their hearts out, their songs exquisite.
Alas, there is still no sign of the Greater Avid Volunteer. Gatherings of this flock of woodland worker remain suspended for the time being. These social animals enjoy hard manual labour, gentle teasing, and regular exposure to wilderness, but they are an adaptable species and I believe are finding other ways to meet those needs.