Spring is in full swing.
See if you can spot any of these as you travel along the line this month?
Primroses - nearly over now but a few still in shady spots.
Bluebells in the woods beside the line.
Cowslips and Speedwell.
Ox Eye Daisy - just starting to open on sunny banks.
One to look out for but not touch - Greater Celandine - Growing in the cutting as you come into Alresford. It has nasty yellow sap, so please leave well alone!
Following the recent ecological assessment carried out for us by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust we would like to know more about the wildlife you spot along the line.
The survey found a number of habitat types and features that were considered to be of particular note, including areas of flower rich grassland associated with embankments, a variety of railway cuttings, a meadow associated with Ropley Station, and two hazel copses to the west of Alton.
During the extended Phase 1 habitat survey the presence (or potential presence) of protected and notable species was recorded at tour site including plants, badger, bats, dormouse, widespread reptile species, birds and invertebrates. The site was also considered to support a variety of common and widespread bird, mammal, amphibian and invertebrate species.
The presence of wild leek, a nationally scarce plant species, at a number of locations across the site is considered to be of ecological importance in the local context, and potentially of ecological importance at the county level also.
If you would like to read the report in full CLICK HERE to download.
Keep your camera ready as you travel along the line and if you spot something during your visit why not send your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion in the gallery below.
Our local Barn Owl photographed from the King’s Cross Bridge at Ropley.