Late Cuckoo??

It seems that across the valley there are less Cuckoo Flowers (Cardamine pratensis) than previous years, and they seem a bit latter to.

Perhaps this is due to the exceptionally dry April and early May in 2017, not providing quite the right conditions for them?

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Cuckoo!

Just beyond Keepers Cottage, is an old Water Meadow that used to be fed by a continuation of the man-made culvert past theĀ Cottage.

The ground is still obviously wet, as can be seen my the Rushes, and also in spring the flowers of Cuckoo Flower (Cardamine pratensis), a wetland plant.