If you walk to Gudger Beach today, you will see large clumps of Fig Buttercups (lesser celandines). Oh they are pretty; bright yellow flowers, glossy heart shaped leaves, some of the first cheery inklings of spring.
I had always thought they were marsh marigolds (cowslips) , but they are not. They are what the horticultural experts call an “insidiously invasive look-alike.” The bad news is that the Fig Buttercup (which is neither a fig nor a buttercup) emerges earlier than many native species, and this developmental advantage allows it to establish and overtake areas rapidly. It seems to have come to Wardour about 5 or 6 years ago, a false friend.
If you walk to Gudger Beach today, you will see the Ospreys are back, and starting to rebuild their nest. The nest had completely blown off its pedestal this winter, they are starting from scratch for the 1st time in 18 years.