This wood is situated in a valley and always seems like quite a damp wood to me. There are lots of moss covered trees and stumps and logs throughout the whole wood.
Apart from wanting to see if the daffodils were up yet, I was also on the lookout for Dipper while walking along the Mells stream that runs through the wood. Unfortunately it was running quite high and muddy so I wasn't in luck on this occasion.
There was evidence that the daffs were on their way, but really only just emerging. Another few weeks and I'll come back for the full spectacle.
There were some flowers out. The ever dependable Snowdrops, showing the first signs of spring.
I noticed a couple of fungi as I walked around. These Elf Caps were hard to miss with their brilliant red cups surrounded by the lush moss.Elf Caps grow on decaying branches and logs on damp woodland floors. The fruit is usually produced during the winter and early spring.
The next fungi was something I'd never come across before. It was attached to a fallen Birch tree. So, when I got home, I put up a couple of photos of it on Somerset Wildlife Trust's facebook page to see if anyone could help with the ID. They soon came back with an answer. It a Birch Bracket (Piptoporus betulinus). Betula is the Latin name for Birch.
This fungi was approximately 9 to 10 inches across and around 1.5 inches thick.
According to one of the people who ID'd the fungi, one of the uses in the past was as a blade stropper. I need to get myself a decent fungi book!
I wasn't doing very well with birds as I walked around, but towards the end of my walk, an obliging Treecreeper performed for me while searching out food on a mossy tree trunk.