Tunnel VisionMonday 13th March 2000
By the way, John Blenkinsop of Middleton Colliery, who I mentioned yesterday, was for many years consulting engineer for this group of collieries, until he retired due to ill health in 1830.
In nearby Dial Wood, Coxley Valley, patches of Wood Anemone are now in flower, along with Lesser Celandine, Golden Saxifrage and the clover-shaped leaves (I didn't see any flowers as yet) of Wood Sorrel.
In what was originally a settling pond for water draining into Coxley Beck from Denby Grange Colliery, we see some 20 or 30 Common Toads. Most are fairly active underwater and they are joined by a couple that had been sitting on a floating plank, which jump in as we pass by.
Toadspawn is laid in bootlace strips wrapped around underwater plants. Although so much is laid together that it appears to a series clumps you can see that the black dots of the embryos are arranged in lines. It gives the effect of a hank of bobbly knitting wool wrapped around the water plants.