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30 March 2010

Pussy Willow (Male Catkins) (Salix caprea)

The willow has buds that open in spring before the plant’s leaves make an appearance.  These furry buds, the ‘pussies’ in the name pussy willow, are referred to as catkins.  All willows are dioecious, meaning that male and female flowers occur on separate plants.

For a really good description and amazing photographs go to

This old willow tree is left to stand as it had a marvellous display of catkins and is also useful for hanging our coats and bags!


Grid Ref SO621076


The winter weather is unrelenting even though there are signs of spring in the plants. However, this is a beautiful site and we are gradually clearing the gorse and birch to make it open heathland for the nightjars and other creatures. The clock in Parkend church chimes the hour and can be clearly heard in this peaceful setting.





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