One big dandelion

goats beard seed headA couple of weekends ago, we headed out for a walk at Ham Wall. It’s a RSPB nature reserve which is an old family favourite. I forgot my camera, so the photos are all taken with my phone.

They’ve added a much needed bigger car park and a new hide. The children could not wait to try out the new vantage point. Being on stilts, it looks out over an area that was more difficult for the shorter members of the family to see. Must have felt like a whole new area to them.

ham wall hide

They then hit on the idea that the new hide would make a fabulous tree house. I can see their point. Plans were hatched. Corners were designated. As ever, it was interesting to hear what their priorities were for the space!

ham wall hide BAnd what did we see? Good point. After all we were hoping to see some birds on our walk. There were hen harriers, little egrets and great egrets, grebes, storks and more. I even caught sight of the tell tale flash of blue, as a kingfisher whizzed passed. Dragonflies aplenty.

Ham Wall walkI think my favourite find had to be the goatsbeard seed head. A first for me. It looks like a huge dandelion seed head. The seeds can be blown in the same way. The flowers close at midday, giving the plant another common name of go-to-bed-at-noon. We only saw the seed heads, so I’m now on a mission to see the flowers.

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17 thoughts on “One big dandelion

  • Sunday 26 June, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    I don’t think I have ever seen those flower heads before, but I bet I do now that you have mentioned them!

    • Friday 1 July, 2016 at 9:34 pm

      Hope you find one. The children will love it.

  • Sunday 26 June, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    Looks like a lovely place to go. When we lived in Suffolk we used to visit RSPB Minsmere. There’s always something different to see.


    • Friday 1 July, 2016 at 9:36 pm

      You never know what you’ll find.

  • Monday 27 June, 2016 at 7:56 am

    My son’s fave pastime is to blow dandelion clocks! Thats fun and we are going to look for that one cuz its massive!

    We have a bird nature reserve here with hide too but its too far to walk and well I am not in a position to ask my husband anymore so I can only dream haha!


    • Friday 1 July, 2016 at 10:02 pm

      Dandelions are fun.Hope you find one of these ones.

  • Monday 27 June, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    I have never seen those flower heads, they are fab. It looks like a lovely place to visit

    • Friday 1 July, 2016 at 10:04 pm

      Aren’t they amazing.

  • Monday 27 June, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    I’m fascinated by the goatsbeard seed heads. I would have just thought it was a dandelion head. I will be wondering which it is I’m seeing from now on. I now how you love the nature reserve here and I can see why it is a favourite place to visit. I love the Tree House idea too.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

    • Friday 1 July, 2016 at 10:11 pm

      They are so much bigger, you’ll have no trouble at all.

  • Tuesday 28 June, 2016 at 6:30 am

    What a great find! Love how enthusiastic your kids got over s tree house. Hope you find your flower

    • Friday 1 July, 2016 at 10:13 pm

      Thanks. Yes, I’ll carry on looking.

  • Thursday 30 June, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    That does look like a lovely place to go, I love the little hide to look out of.

  • Friday 1 July, 2016 at 12:45 am

    Wow! That’s massive and beautiful find and a beautiful place to explore. x

    • Friday 1 July, 2016 at 10:16 pm

      Absolutely. It is a favourite walk.

  • Sunday 3 July, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    I think I’ve seen those flowers before and always thought they were a bigger variety of dandelion. I really need to learn more about flora.

    • Tuesday 5 July, 2016 at 9:15 am

      They are amazing to spot. I genuinely don’t think I’ve ever seen them before.

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