Lambrok wetland areas
Clive Knight has sent in pictures of the wetland scrapes in Lambrok Meadow. Now that the rain has refilled Lambrok Stream and spilled into the scrapes, we can see how they are intended to develop.
If all goes well, water will stand in these shallow pools all winter. By the early spring, we can almost guarantee that there will be common frog tadpoles here, attended by some of the land-dwelling creatures that eat tadpoles: wading birds, foxes, brown rats and hedgehogs. All of these hunters will have muddy feet from the last pond they waded into and the mud will bring water plant fragments and seeds, insect eggs and larvae to colonise the new habitat.
Later, dragonfly and damselfly will come to lay their eggs in the water; the eggs will hatch into ferocious aquatic predator-nymphs that will be there to stalk and hunt next years crop of tadpoles. There will be mosquito larvae (there are always mosquito larvae in standing water) and three spined stickleback and bullheads will come in from the stream to eat them.
By midsummer next year, the muddy areas will be sporting a fringe of sedges and reeds among tufts of water meadow grasses, iris, purple loosestrife and teasels. Looking forward to it.
Header image: Clive Knight’s picture of the newly established dog dip, full right to the top step.