Bullfinch and Stinking Iris

Bullfinch and Stinking Iris

Yesterday was spent volunteering with the Shropshire Wildlife Trust at their Craig Sychtyn reserve in the Oswestry Hills. As we approached the site, a bird flew in front of the minibus for a few seconds. We could only see it from behind, but its white rump made us certain it was a Bullfinch.

This photo shows a small cluster of Stinking Iris, a plant that isn’t much to look at at this time of the year. I was told by one of the other volunteers that if you rub the long, needle-like leaves they smell of roast beef. And it’s true!

Dave.