Now that I can walk around  without being blown away it was great to see that Spring is showing all the signs of arriving at the Secret campsite  down here in Sussex. So I have taken some appalling photos of the evidence. One of the plum trees is covered in blossom

Plum tree at The campsite


and there are lots of bulbs emerging through the rain drenched soil so it won’t be long before the woods surrounding the camping meadow are filled with a carpet of bluebells and wood anenomes.  whilst the primroses have just started to show off on the  reptile loving grassy bank where last year we installed some basking areas for lizards, snakes and slow worms to warm up at the start of the day. There are some good videos at this link.

I was particularly pleased to see that the wild garlic bulbs which I put in the ground a few weeks ago have unfurled their leaves. I withstood the temptation to pick a few and pop them into a salad. If we leave them to establish they will provide a fantastic ingredient to a huge range of delicious dishes in the spring so i’m reluctantly being patient.

Foraging at The Secret campsite


Like much of the country, we have had a lot of rain in Sussex in the last few months, so the ponds are full and the streams around the campsite are bursting their banks.

Pond at the Secret Campsite in Sussex

It won’t be long before the frog and newt spawn starts to be laid, and we see signs of the moorhens chicks hiding in their nest which is cleverly marooned, out in the middle of the pond.



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