Another list started.


This post started of with me going out to record the wild flowers at Dog Mill Pond but also known as the Engine Fields. I used to live at the back of this area when my children were young. I have seen it change over the past twenty years, some good and some bad years.

As you might of guessed I like a good list (just see my Home bar at the top of the blog) these are just a few of my places I visit, keeping records of ALL the wildlife for that area.

As I have so many "Patches" I had to decide what to leave in or leave out. Then due to a message I saw on Twitter from

"Urgently Wanted - information on flora, fauna and birdlife sightings in #Guiseley #Yeadon #Rawdon #HighRoyds "

I live right in the middle of Aireborough and have records of the wildlife going back to 2013. Anyway after a few emails, there could be some exciting times to come, will let you know soon.


Which brings me back to Dog Mill Pond, it's going on a "List".

 The pretty flowers False Oxlip (Primula x polyantha) on my "Loving Yellow in spring" were photographed  here.

False Oxlip,
I had already  got over 23 records of the flowers on my Wild flower list from this area, today was looking round with different "eyes" not just a nice place to walk.

The area consists of three ponds, woodland and a open field. The flowers are a mix of wild and garden plants which were planted many years ago.
   

Flowering Currant


Common Dog Violet.



Primroses in full colour.
Huge sways of Lesser Lesser Celandine.






                          Grape hyacinth                                                                Green Alkanet
                                                                                                      water forget-me-not

Yellow archangel (Lamium galeobdolon)



But thee best surprise was finding Frog spawn  in the third pond, I have never recorded it here before.




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  1. Lesser Celandine in huge amounts this year, even well away from water, and im my folks' garden. Lovely shots.

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    1. Thanks Simon, Celandine looking lovely this year think they have liked the damp weather.
      Amanda xx

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  2. Gorgeous photos as always and interesting to see the mix of wild and cultivated flowers. Looks a lovely place to walk round, observe and record. So looking forward to hearing more of your new project.

    Being a list person myself :)!! I love seeing your lists. Great news about the frogspawn - its always exciting to record something new in a place you visit often!

    I've just been looking for photos of your kitchen wallpaper! We can't decide on a colour paint for our kitchen walls (want a change from white!) and OH just discovered the brick embossed wallpapers which reminded me of the one you used :)

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    1. Thanks RR, I like how the cultivated flower have established them selves in this area, all similar to the wild flowers.
      Been and met some of the people from the group to day, turned out to be very helpful, go on my wild flower learning day this weekend, looking forward to it.

      Interested I know how you keep your lists to.

      Wallpaper from B and M, about £7 a roll.
      Amanda xx

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  3. Oh I do love me a good list, and here's hoping that this new one might also prove vital for the future of this particular location and indeed the greater area. Engine Fields is an interesting name for a place, I wonder how it got it?

    Wonderful and imaginative photos as always, the False Oxlip is lovely to see, as are the many varieties of Primroses and Primulas. Flowering currants are one of my favourite shrubs as well, indeed I am hoping to plant a few up at the cottage this year :-)

    The frog spawn is a good new observation and it will be interesting to see how they fare in the coming weeks and months.

    Hope you are having a good week and my kindest regards to all :-)

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    1. Thanks David ,
      This area is known as the Engine Fields, there are several theories about the name, some think it was so called because the railway line passed across the bottom. Others maintain the name was established before the railway came and it derives from the time a steam engine was installed in the Old Dog Mill.
      Interested to know how you keep your lists, paper or computer ?
      Amanda xx

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  4. There have been lots of lesser celandines along the verges this year with the daffodils making them a mass of yellow as you drive along. Lists are very useful and it looks as if yours have been appreciated. We have frogspawn in our pond at the moment, we have newts too who love eating the small tadpoles so I don't know if any will survive. Lovely photos:)

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    1. Thanks Rosie, both flowers have done well this year. So pleased all my hard work over the years might do some good. Hope get some frogs, but it is nice to have Newts as well.
      Amanda xx

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  5. Hello, gorgeous wildflowers and lovely images. I keep a list for the birds and or a record of what I see during my travels. I have a yard list for my backyard birds too. Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

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    1. Thanks Eileen for the lovely comment. You must have long lists as you get to see many lovely birds.
      Amanda xx

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  6. Great selection of photo's, I like the way you've mixed collage with singles.
    Engine fields has an interesting ring to the name somehow!

    Enjoy the rest of the week

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks Jan for the lovely comment, glad you like the mix of photos.
      Amanda xx

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  7. Great photos and good to see frogspawn too.

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    1. Thanks Ian, I was really pleased to see the frogspawn..
      Amanda xx

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  8. This is great Amanda, my Dad walks around here when he's feeling up to it, he's not as agile as he used to be unfortunately. I remember him saying he saw a Kingfisher last time he was there. It'll be interesting to see your list! xx

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    1. Thanks Pam, have found out since they still have a team of volunteers coming to keep the place tidy, nice spot for you dad to have a little walk, and yes I did see the Kingfisher here many years ago now. Hope to have regular visits so you never know it still might be back.
      Amanda xx

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  9. I love all your photos as always but the little blue tit and his whirring wings is wonderful. Your local names are terrific (such as Dog Mill Pond/Engine Fields) and that is interesting that the local group is looking at wildlife. Fascinating to see all your lovely wild and cultivated flowers. I haven't see any Yellow Archangel yet but there is lots of Lesser Celandine here, too. That is great news about the frogspawn.

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    1. Thanks Wendy,plenty of new projects coming up, the Blue tit photo is one of my favourite shots of the day. I think Dog Mill Pond has a lot more to offer, can't wait to see what turns up.
      Amanda xx

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  10. Such an inspiring post.Makes me want to go nature spotting again soon.:)

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  11. Such an inspiring post.Makes me want to go nature spotting again soon.:)

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    1. Thanks Shazza for the lovely comment, hopefully the weather is kind to us all this weekend and we can get out.

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  12. Lovely flower images Amanda.
    You and your lists!

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    1. Thanks Roy, I have a feeling there will be a few more list being added to my "list" before the year is out!!
      Amanda xx

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  13. Oh, exciting times! How valuable your tracking will be to those who seek it. And we benefit by you sharing your images and the information. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks PP, yes some exciting times to come, will let you all know what's happening..
      Amanda xx

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  14. So many lovely flowers, particularly the violets. I haven't seen much around here yet so must try to go on a forage in case the recent sun has brought more out. Can't wait to hear more of your news! X

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    1. Thanks Julie, Violet's often hiding away in corners round here.. Of on a wild flower course this afternoon, quite excited.
      Amanda xx

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  15. As always perfect imagery Amanda. Celandines are only just coming into bloom here. Looking forward to hearing all your news.

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    1. Thanks Angie, it's lovely to be out with the camera seeing all the spring flowers.
      Amanda xx

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  16. You certainly have an eye for photography Amanda. The blue tit shot is fantastic. Spring's wild flowers seem to be out in abundance and the shots of colour everywhere is wonderful to now see. Enjoy your Sunday x

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