A brooding sky hangs over Watling Wood. The lack of obvious signs of spring is disappointing. A few buds on the Hawthorn, a few catkins and pussy willows. The first day of meteorological spring went by four days ago and with the unusual warmth the last few weeks has produced, it would be easy to imagine blossoms and buds on every tree. Alas a few more weeks are needed, it would seem, before spring truly takes hold in the wood.