The Natural History of Uckfield with Wendy Tagg

2020_Feb16_River Uck In Spate_HempsteadLane ©

Storms Ciara, Dennis and Jorge have given us three wild weekends in a row.  There is, of course nothing new about February storms.

In his book on “The Climate of Uckfield”, Dr Charles Leeson Prince, noted for 1850 noted that “A severe gale came on during the evening of the 5th, and continued with great violence for twenty-four hours”. However, three big storms on top of the last few months’ incessant rain seems unreasonable.  For more on recent weather, visit the “River Uck And Surrounding Areas Flood & Extreme Weather Group” on Facebook.

Common Orange Lichen ©

When storms bring branches to the ground, they are often carrying passengers – one branch I picked up on Manor Park had four different types of lichen and a moss growing on it.  The Common Orange Lichen shown is one of the few that is colourful and easy to identify.

Ramalina fastigiata ©

Another lichen that is often blown out of trees is Ramalina Fastigiata, which has strange, twisting fingers and nailhead “fruits”.

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I can already see Primroses and Lesser Celandines flowering on grass verges and railway embankments. I hope that, as the approach to March has been like a lion, the month will end like a lamb. If so, I look forward to visiting the woods and seeing Wind Flowers, also known as Wood Anemones bobbing in a warm, gentle breeze.


© Article and images with thanks to Wendy Tagg