There are still few signs of spring in the local area. Celandines are out in flower but the cloudy weather meant that most remained closed up, just a few hardy individuals braved opening. On the arable field edge, left fallow this winter, red deadnettle was in bloom alongside common field speedwell but both of these can be seen in flower all year so their significance was limited. Common field speedwell is a non-native arable weed, apparently first recorded in the first half of the 19th century.
Our plastic-free challenge has made us even more aware of the litter that can be found on even a very rural walk. Plastic bottles and (plastic covered) cigarette packets made up most of it although drinks cans were also common. Most annoying are the dog-poo bags, filled then left in the countryside to remain for years to come. More positive were the continuing presence of otterspraint under the bridges, a clear indication of their continued presence on our local watercourse.