Bimbling

By Ian Bushell

As it was a lovely afternoon and I wanted pictures of the bags of ragwort we had pulled in Lambrok Meadow, I thought I would have a bimble round the reserve.

The Lambrok Stream is very low but still running – I have never seen the main channel dry up completely. Between the first bend and the ford I saw three pairs of Beautiful Demoiselles. I met up with Clive and his dog Dylan by the orchid patch in Lambrok Meadow where there were plenty of Meadow Browns, Ringlets, Skippers and Whites.  

[1] beautiful demoiselle [2] meadow brown [3] ringlet [4] large white

Clive went to Village Green but I wanted to have a look at the pool below the weir. The tributary stream  down from the pond has dried up. The pond is very low and is no longer feeding the pool below the weir. Just below the weir, in the mud, I found ‘seed’ Swan Mussels and, distressingly, dead ones on edge of pool.

On the hedge by the pond were Gatekeepers and Ringlets and in the grass at the inlet to the pond are some Common Spotted-orchids nearing their end. 

[5] seed swan mussels [6] common spotted orchid

Joined up with Clive at the Decorated Bridge where he had just photographed a Water Vole crossing the stream upstream. I went to look but it didn’t show for me, though. 

We walked round to Puddle Corner then all the way around Sleepers. On the encroaching brambles and nettles to the right going up lots of Gatekeepers, Meadow Browns, Ringlets, Large White and Marbled Whites and Skippers.  Half way up the hedge a dragonfly buzzed us and then settled. I thought was a Brown Hawker, but I am not now so sure and I have sent the picture off to Rosie [County Recorder] to verify.

[7] water vole [8] Message from Ian: The dragonfly in Sleepers I was not sure about has been identified by Rosie as an immature female Ruddy Darter [9] peacock [10] betony

At the top of the field by the deep filling of bramble and nettles there were lots of Gatekeepers, Meadow Browns, Ringlets, a couple of Tortoiseshells and Peacocks in pristine condition, plus Marbled Whites and Skippers.  The hedge down towards the entrance into Sheep Field is less busy as it is in more shadow.  Near the entrance to Sheep Field, the small clump of Betony is now spreading up the field margin.

Along the pathway that we cleared two weeks ago we were buzzed by a Southern Hawker. Clive and Dylan went home via Kestrel and I ambled to the car park. Just by the Oak near the entrance, a Common Blue appeared but would not settle for my camera. An interesting afternoon.

[11] southern hawker[ 12] common blue

bimble/ˈbɪmb(ə)l/ informal
verb: walk or travel at a leisurely pace; past tense: bimbled; past participle: bimbled; gerund or present participle: bimbling :
nounbimble; plural noun: bimbles: a leisurely walk or journey.

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  1. A lovely account of a bimble around the Country Park and so much wildlife to be seen! I’d not heard of a ‘bimble’ before! The Lambrok behind gardens in Blind Lane has been dry for at least two weeks – the longest I can remember. Hopefully the promised thunderstorms promised after this heatwave will actually give Southwick some much needed rain!

    1. We think that the moat at Southwick Court has some sort of source of its own; nobody can remember the Lambrok downstream of the moat ever drying up completely.

  2. The Teignconsult Flood Risk Assessment dated May 2022 – Hydrology Statement, suggests an additional watercourse is located within the site that they have named the North Stream.

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