It was sunny and mild this morning so we drove to Tiptree Heath, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), for a walk round.

The Gorse (Ulex europaeus) is starting to flower although not yet at it’s best.

Gorse is typical of heathland as is Heather and, although heather does not flower until around July, the three types of Heather found in Great Britain all occur here. They are Bell Heather (Erica cinerea), Cross-leaved Heath (Erica tetralix) and, the most common, Ling (Calluna vulgaris) otherwise known as Common Heather.

We found a little pond hidden away in part of the woodland area which hosted a large amount of Norfolk Reed – the light straw coloured stuff on the far side of the water.

There were also a large number of green shoots sprouting from the surrounding earth which could very well be Flag Iris so we will have to go back around May to see if they are in flower.

In another part of the woodland we saw some Witches Broom, a type of gall caused by a mite, which you should be able to see in this picture as small clumps which look like birds nests.

The Witches Broom is a bit more obvious in this picture.

I’ll finish off with a view of one of the open areas of the heath.

All in all a nice little walk.