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Forest walk (Thursday)

Join us on our Forest Walk! 

What can you see?

 

 

Thursday 21 May 2020

 

I keep finding these bright yellow flowers on my early morning walks.  

Do you know what they are called?  

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Of course, it's a buttercup!  This plant produces flowers in the spring and summer, and appears at the edge of woods and roads. 

 

A buttercup has bright shiny petals that reflect light.  People sometimes hold a fresh buttercup flower under the chin of a friend. If a yellow reflection from the flower's shiny petals can be seen under the chin, the person is said to "like butter".   Do you think this is true?  Does it really predict whether someone likes butter?  

 

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Look carefully at the buttercup flowers.  Use a magnifying lens to see the parts closer up.  Draw a careful illustration of what you see.

 

Take apart one of the buttercup flowers.  Count the various parts of the flower and set them out in an organised arrangement on a piece of paper.  Press your flower parts, alongside a complete buttercup plant (include the flower, stem and leaves in your sample).  Press them between pages of newspaper or absorbent kitchen roll.  Present your pressed plant and plant parts with your sketch.  Compose a title for your page.  

 

Here is a close-up photo of a buttercup flower to help you see the various parts more easily.

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Thursday 14 May 2020

 

This week I have seen many of these plants suddenly appear on the sides of the road, under hedges, at the edges of nearby woods.  The tiny white flowers appear in an umbrella-like cluster and the leaves look like tiny ferns.

 

Do you know what they are called?

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Cow parsley           (Image credits 1 and 2)

Thursday 7 May 2020

 

This week,  I have found many trees covered in tiny white blossoms. 

As I walked by,  I could smell a sweet fragrance. 

Do you have one of these in your garden?  Or maybe you have seen them on your walks this week. 

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Common hawthorn tree and flowers

(also known as quickthorn, thornapple, May-tree,] whitethorn or hawberry)

 

 

Look closely at the flowers, with a magnifying lens, if you have one. 

Name the various parts of the flower and count them:  how many petals are there in each flower, how many stamens, and so on (google parts of a flower images for diagrams to help you). 

Draw carefully and label a diagram of a hawthorn flower, remembering to use a ruler and pencil for label lines. 

 

Collect a few leaves and flowers and press them between layers of newspaper or kitchen roll.  Weigh the layers down with some heavy books for a week to press them flat and dry them.  Add these specimens to your sketches.

Thursday 30 April 2020

 

On our walk this week, we saw these flowers.  

Which tree do they belong to?  Do you know?

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Horse chestnut tree in blossom

(Scientific name:   Aesculus hippocastaneum)

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Yes, of course, they belong to the Horse Chestnut tree!

 

The flowers have just blossomed this week.  They appear in  a pyramid-shaped clutch of flowers, commonly known as a 'candle'.

 

How will these flowers change over the spring and summer?  What will they eventually develop into?

 

Find out about the life cycle of a horse chestnut tree.   Click here.

 

The Woodland Trust website is especially good for finding out about trees and all the living things that live in/on/under/around them. 

 

Do some internet digging and write a report about horse chestnut trees.  If you have a horse chestnut tree near you, sketch a leaf (each leaf has 5-7 leaflets all connected to one point on a stem).  Try to match the colour of a leaf with your pencil crayons/paints.

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We have stumbled across a beautiful carpet of bluebells in a clearing.  Bluebells (Scientific name:  Hyacinthoides non-scripta)  begin to blossom in mid-April and continue to display their vibrant violet-blue colour for about a month. 

When we look closer we see this:

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Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta)

  • What shape are the flowers?  Try to match the colour with your colouring pencils or pastels.
  • If you have some of these in your garden, take a sprig of the flowers and draw it carefully, using a magnifying lens to look closely at the various parts.   Draw what you see. 
  • Then  'dissect' two or three flowers carefully, removing each part, one by one.  Place them on a white sheet of paper and draw them, again using a magnifying lens to see them more closely.  Draw the parts and try to identify them, using an online diagram of bluebells (google:  bluebell flower diagram for a wide range of diagrams)
  • You could also create a painting, or take some closeup photos of the bluebells in your garden.

 

Send us your pictures, drawings via the shared platform (see front page).

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Wow!! Imagine finding these on a walk!  How exciting!

 

Can we see some close-up photos of the bones, please?  We'd love to compare them, one against another, thinking about each animal when it was alive.  What did it eat?  How did it move?  What clues are there in the bones that tell us this information? 

 

Many thanks for sending us this photo!

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A walk in a nearby bluebell wood!  Lovely!

Picture 1 A detailed report and carefully observed diagram.
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There are so many trees in blossom right now!  What a beautiful picture you have painted! 

It makes me want to stand underneath and shake the petals all over me!!  Well done!

Walks/rides in the countryside

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The sign says:

Pause for thought

Look deep into nature and there you will understand everything better. 

Albert Einstein

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