We spotted a hare in Big Meadow this evening – in the long grass quite near to the Lucy Brook crossing
Dragonfly paradise in the reserve today with at least three species around Alder Pond, where we watched one pair dipping tails into the water laying eggs continually for ten minutes or so. In the orchard a Common Darter took a rest on a bench long enough to be photographed.
Whilst preparing for the Ragwort Working Party yesterday morning a woman passing by told us that she had seen baby barn owls at dusk on the top of the shed stone wall. She said that they and their parents could be heard calling to each other in the trees. We looked and listened after the volunteer session last night but without result.
Newly observed flowers include teasels in the Orchard:
The first of our wildflower plugs in flower: greater bird’s foot trefoil:
And what I think is bloody crane’s bill in the Hay Meadow
Here is Jonathan’s email
Here are three small but beautifully formed micro-nuggets of volunteering
news for your consideration.
First, there will be a volunteer session in Fairfield Orchard, Fauna and
Flora this Wednesday evening, July 27th, starting at 6.30pm or just as
soon as you can make it after 6.30pm.
The plan is to erect a barbed wire fence in a gap between the Hay Meadow
and Upper Sowerholme in order to keep the cows out of the latter after
haymaking. The task will need wellington boots and a keen sense of
If anyone fancies something slightly lighter there is the usual weeding
and clearing to do.
Second, you are cordially reminded that the Ragwort Working Party
continues to meet at the Shed on Wednesday mornings at 9.30am. It really
And third, consider this to be your advance notice that haymaking will be
on the first suitable three day period of August. Stand by your Inboxes
and watch out for last minute calls for assistance.
The wild flower plot behind the Fauna Stones has been only a modest success. Goodness knows why the re-seeding in March has not been more successful. However, instances of the four annual plants in the mix have appeared (see below) which will set seed. It may be that the perennials in the mix will come in future years.
The annuals are: