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Photos taken in Corcrain
These photos are from Corcrain Community Woodland. A naturally beautiful wetland and wild wooded area, set aside to benefit the local community, by planting trees and encouraging wildlife and wildflowers.

One of the Entrances
Corcrain Community Woodland entrance sign. The sign describes the aspirations of the "Woods on your Doorstep" project. As Northern Ireland is the least wooded area in Europe, it was a good idea to plant native trees, including rowan, ash, cherry, ash, aspen, crab apple, alder, hazel and willow. There were also some pockets of existing tree cover.

This beautiful carpet of buttercups, was allowed to form due to the excessively wet weather. Although our climate is naturally very damp, this year was even more so than usual, so the grassland in the housing area could not be mown. This land is not within the woodland boundary, but many young saplings have been planted here also, encouraging wildlife and birds into the area. The old railway embankment can be seen in the distance.

Within the nature reserve wild flowers are thriving. Many species are returning to the area which was at one time an eyesore. No more abandoned vehicles, fridges, barbed wire and dumped household waste. Residents of the area have a focal point to be proud of.

Blue Flowers
Different locations seem to have their own varying ecosystems. These pretty blue flowers add a splash of colour to the myriad shades of green grasses on the disused railway embankment, which once meandered to Dungannon.

This little guy looked exhausted after hauling its home into one of the young trees. The appeal of tender young leaves perhaps, or just trying to escape the relentless onslaught of drizzle. The unusual pattern is unique in the green sea.

New from Old
Nature is always rejuvenating itself. Here we have bright shoots bursting forth into the Spring light from a fallen tree. The old tree has been fallen for many years on one of the existing nature trails, and appeared to have given up all hopes of life. Amazingly the bounty of the natural environment, is succeeding in replenishing itself, despite humankind's seemingly best efforts at destroying everything in its path.

Even the most common of garden weeds should be seen for the miracle that it is. The amazingly resiliant dandelion has transformed from bright yellow and is preparing to reseed itself with dozens of natural wind-borne parachutes. Seems like each one manages to find its way into my back lawn.

Nature has managed to successfully develop many ways to protect itself. This diverse tangle of competing species is not the place for soft hands. Amongst the defensive properties, there are various thorny permutations, stinging nettles, brambles and poison producers. A lone sprig of vetch adds an element of colour

This iridescent little creature finds time to loiter for a picture on a blade of grass, which has worked tirelessly to form a perch, despite being surrounded by a profuse army of fearsome nettles.

Buttercup Meadow
Beyond the horizon a beautiful meadow of buttercups appears. Their tall stems threatening to challenge the farmer's hedge. The reed bunches emanating from the land emphasize the liquidity of the underfoot conditions.

This tiny lone fungus portrays the delicate nature of its existance. Just one footstep from disaster, the minute organism challenges the monopoly of the undergrowth, in its own inimitable way. When I made efforts to identify it, I was told it was the yellow cow-pat toadstool. Wish I hadn't bothered.

Apart from the plethora of green, the bursts of various yellow flowers are the predominant colour of early spring in Corcrain woodland. The beauty is greatly refreshing and awe-inspiring, especially on the occasions when the lazy sun has decided to make a rare appearance.

The late evening brings out many species of moth in the area. This vividly marked Angle Shades moth has settled on the soil, searching for meaning to its existance.