Heslington Tillmire is my local patch, when I don't have a lot of time I will walk from my house and walk round to the Tillmire. It gives me a 4½ mile walk which is mainly over farm land and round the edge of a golf course but at the furthest point I reach the Tillmire. This is an are of uncultivated land that is part of one of the strays of the City of York. It is not miss named and so far this year I have only wanted to go round the edge the middle is still very wet.
But there are signs of spring in the farmland
Starting the ploughing, this is shooting land so they may have been waiting for the final shoot of the season before ploughing up the fields.
I am noticing more lichens and mosses growing, I am convinced this is down to me not looking or seeing them previously.
The Hawthorn leaves are beginning to break out.
On the golf course there are a lot of Laurel bushes and these are now coming into flower.
The highlight of my walk was my first sighting of the Fallow Deer herd this year. There are about 20 deer with one buck in antler. These deer always seem to be on the farm land and not in the woods or on the rough land, but maybe I only see them when they are in the open. As I walked past they gradually became more nervous and started to stand up, I was still a long way from them and there is no cover in the field to approach any closer.