Blos­som is rais­ing the spir­its

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

ISN’T it won­der­ful how na­ture can give you a lift even af­ter the most gru­elling day, week­end or month?

I drove into the car park at work, which is in a coun­try park, feel­ing a bit Boom­town Rats Don’t Like Mon­days af­ter a week­end with more downs than ups.

As I parked the car I was con­fronted by a black­bird singing its head off in a tree crammed with white blos­som.

This looked par­tic­u­larly stu­pen­dous against a gor­geous blue sky. My spir­its rock­eted. While this wasn’t a na­tive cherry, as my pic­tures will prove, it cer­tainly was some kind of cherry.

Or­na­men­tal cherry blos­soms are bright­en­ing up car parks and gar­dens as we speak but our lanes and coun­try­side have their own cher­ries too.

The Wildlife Trust does plant wild cherry trees as part of hedgerow net­works, it all adds to the va­ri­ety of food and pollen avail­able to birds and in­sects in spring, sum­mer, au­tumn and win­ter.

The white blos­soms, which look a bit like con­fetti, ap­pear be­tween March and April and ripen to red fruits in sum­mer.

So get down to our na­ture re­serves and check out our all-year round colour­ful hedgerows!

Those au­tumn and win­ter berries keep lots of birds fed when it gets colder and food be­comes a lit­tle more dif­fi­cult to find.

An­other na­tive is the bird cherry which is again busy all year round. There is pollen for in­sects, leaves for cater­pil­lars and fruit for birds, badgers and small mam­mals.

Bird cherry flow­ers ap­pear around early April and these trees will grow in higher places than wild cherry, so you are likely to see them along wood­lands and stream edges in the up­lands of the re­gion.

Also look out for the white flow­ers of the black­thorn, this is a thorny shrub again found in hedgerows.

Of course, blos­soms go hand in hand with the ar­rival of spring when parks, gar­dens and coun­try lanes are buzzing with the sounds of in­sects and birds.

The ar­rival of flow­ers cer­tainly seems to have an amaz­ing ef­fect on the love lives of our wild birds.

And their im­por­tance to our wildlife also proves just how vi­tal hedgerows are in the coun­try­side.

Over the past cen­tury hedgerows have slowly dwin­dled in num­bers with in­ten­sive farm­ing and more devel­op­ment of the coun­try­side.

How­ever, I am pleased to re­port that the Wildlife Trust, farm­ers and land own­ers are plant­ing more hedges.

To be­come a mem­ber of the Trust go to the web­site at www.lanc­swt. or call 01772 324129. For more in­for­ma­tion about Cheshire Wildlife Trust call 01948 820728 or go to cheshirewil­ uk.

Cherry blos­som

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