Glossy green leaves and yellow starry
flowers of Lesser Celandine
blossom on the Hawthorn bushes
white Elder flowers
flowers on Brambles
and other insects on flowers
Deadnettle in flower
for gurgling Niddrie Burn. It goes under flats/fields hedgerow. Search
for drain cover beneath BIG Hawthorn bush. Can hear it loudly
of earth in short grass - molehills!
on sunny roofs of blocks of flats in Greendykes.
for field birds at ditch between two channels of Burn. E.g. Thrushes /
Skylarks / Magpies / Crows. See if you can work out where their
territories begin and end (by walking along hedge and seeing how far
birds follow you).
Red Deadnettle flowers
shiny Redcurrant berries on bush at end of hedgerow between flats and
spots on Sycamore leaves (Tar Spot Fungus). Some leaves with green/red
bobbles on ['galls' made by tree to surround Gall Mite eggs and
(and wasps) on hogweed flowers. Bees and hoverflies on Dandelions in
Woundwort flowers: pinky-red orchid-like flowers with spots. Find
under Elder and Hawthorn bushes between flats and fields.
the Himalayan Balsam next to Burn – very sweet – like fruit.
Flowers are pink/white. Lots along Burn.
for buzzing bees and hoverflies.
Bright red Holly berries
berries and jaggy thorns
Ash 'keys' in clumps
Deadnettle in flower
dark purple Elder berries and red Elder leaves.
Thistle seed heads
skeletons and Ground-elder seed heads
feeding on berries – Rowan, Elder, Hawthorn, Holly, Yew and
Hedge Woundwort still in flower under bushes.
violet/blue flowers of Meadow Cranesbill (Geranium family)
red Rose hips
Ear fungus on Elder bushes
going up thick, craggy trunks of old Hawthorn bushes, looking for
Banded Snails in twigs of Redcurrant bush.
Maple leaves along Burn. Green / yellow / red, turning to bright
yellow. Some still have bunches of winged seeds
Deadnettle may STILL be flowering!
Beginning of winter - look out for nests in
trees (less leaves, so can see clearly). See if you can guess what bird used it
from its size and neatness.
view over fields and up the hill, towards Danderhall
Lichen on snail-bush (see autumn) with cup shapes
and catkins of Alder in between the Maple trees along the burn (by
Listen to wind whistling through open
stairwells and rustling leaves.
as go along burn – some parts louder than others. Some places, water
gushing, some places quiet and sluggish cos of vegetation in it. Some
places almost silent.
view of Craigmillar Castle, Hawkhill Wood and Arthur’s Seat in
distance. Also Greendykes Hedgerow running up to