A short gallery of some of the things that are going on in the woods this winter showing there is still much to see
First, three plants that have appeared among the wood chip where a dense stand of Christmas trees, Norway spruce, was cleared in the autumn.
Young rosettes of heath groundsel (Senecio sylvaticus).
A broad bean or field bean (Vicia faba) seedling.
Fat hen (Chenopodium album) seedling.
The lying snow over the last few days has altered the landscape. Particularly telling in the Saturday sunshine were the silver birches in another area from which conifers have been recently removed.
Rather more visceral is the fungus jelly drops or purple jelly disc (Ascocoryne sarcoides) found growing on a long-dead fallen tree trunk. The orange bracket in the background is hairy stereum (Stereum hirsutum)