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Scury grassWell April 1st seems a perfect day to get our bodies out of winter torpor, clean off the walking boots and head off to the promised- land that we all know as The Lizard. It is probably a good time to coax our brains back into action as well so I thought that we should start off with something relatively simple.

So April's challenge is to find the connection between
Harry Potter - Captain Cook - Bad weather on the A30 and The Lizard

Your answer will be aided by a walk along the coastal footpath or even a drive down the A30. So something for locals and visitors alike. We could even find you some tenuous links with 'Poldark' and 'Banished', two very contrasting period dramas currently taking up prime television schedules.

Anyone walking The Lizard's coastal path will not fail to notice the swathes of white along the coastal cliffs and crannies. The same could be said of the swathes of white on the roadside verges spotted whilst driving down the A30 within the legal speed limits.

Sea Campion can sometimes be seen flowering in the colder months of the year on The Lizard.
Photo: Terry Thirlaway

Sea-hollyLoe Bar is a wonderful place to spot Sea-holly. Sand, sea and beautiful blue flowers…
Photo: Andy Pay

Usually flowering in high summer, the Lizard climate can see Sheep's-bit in bloom as early as June.
Photo: Steve Townsend

 

 

Often found on bare ground and road verges, as well as on heaths and grasslands, the yellow flowers of Smooth Hawk’s-beard can be seen brightening the Lizard from mid-summer until early autumn.
Photo: Steve Townsend

Spangle gallsSpangle Galls are one of the many kinds of galls found on oak trees. These were spotted at Croft Noweth on Goonhilly.
Photo: Steve Townsend

Spear ThistleThe tall and striking Spear Thistle comes into flower across The Lizard from July.
Photo: Steve Townsend

Spring Sandwort flowers from May to September - try Caerthillian for a good place to find it.
Photo: Steve Townsend

Spring SquillSpring Squill can be found flowering on the coast from April to May.
Photo: Steve Townsend

 

Lizard 'clover season' is from spring to early summer. One to look out for is the small and unassuming Subterranean Clover on shallow soils or amongst short turf close to the sea.
Photo: Steve Townsend