Thanks to John from the Shropshire Barn Owl Group for his visit and advice about how to attract barn owls back to the croft. We’ve cleaned out the nest boxes, laid fresh bedding, cleared overhanging branches, installed some random fence posts nearby (as perches for the owls) and also installed ‘pencil’ cameras in each box so we can easily monitor them. Now we just wait…
Or more specifically, haylage. 28 bales this time, three times as many as last year. Mixed feelings as we now have a bare field rather than a wildflower meadow, and it’s a sure sign summer is coming to an end.
The gall of the Diplolepis rosae gall wasp on a dog rose. Pretty but a bit weird.
Fingerprint, or recently cut hay meadow?
Here are some of the wildflowers this year. Enjoy!
You can’t have a wildflower meadow without bees, so thanks to Sue and Glynn we have lots of them.
A night of thunder, lightning, and a lot of rain. Not a night for owls, and the hay’s been flattened, but the lake’s a lot fuller as a result.
And nature’s loving it. Yellow rattle, wild carrot, bees and swallows.
After only eight months the lake is now full, thanks to the old clay field drains helping to fill it up. It will take time to clear and for the edges to fill with plantlife, but it’s a start.