by Ian Bushell
I took the chance this afternoon to drive to the park and park on that bit of verge by the entrance. There were three cones across the entrance at 1pm but only two when I left at 2:30! Somebody is still breaking the rules.
I wandered along the Lambrok to the ford. At the first [well used] bend, there were two pairs of Large Red Damselfly [Pyrrhosoma nymphula] mating and drifting about the reeds and on the water; also plenty of Sticklebacks.
1. Large Red Damselfly 2. Three spined stickleback
The Boggy Area is still wet but has no standing water left, no sign of the fritillaries we planted there. Within Lambrok Meadow I saw a pair of Peacocks, two pairs of Orange Tips and a Speckled Wood. Lambrok Meadow is looking really good with the Buttercups.
3. Peacock 4. Orange Tip 5. Speckled Wood;
In the woods around Village Green, I saw four pairs of Speckled Woods and another pair of Orange Tips. In the open meadow two more pairs of Peacocks, a Red Admiral and another four pairs of Orange tips.
By the pond was another pair of Large Red Damselfly; the Yellow Flags are coming out and Milkmaids.
6. Yellow Flag 7. Milkmaids
Lots of midges/gnats and mosquitoes over the pond and the Roach were going for them, the first time I’ve seen that there. Village Green looking very good with Buttercups and Sorrel – but I found a few young Ragwort plants and pulled them out.
8. Sorrel 9. emerging leaves of Common Spotted Orchid
Walking through the copse I could see the first signs of the emerging Common Spotted Orchids,
On the way out, I checked the whips we planted around the Hope Nature Centre car park and it looks like at least 95% are good.
Keep safe everybody.