It won’t be long before the trees are bare, so here’s a bit of November colour.
The lake’s over 7 1/2 feet deep and overflowing! Lovely fresh water though.
It’s the season for mushrooms, so here are a few at Tipton’s Croft. We’re not mycologists (though think we know what some of them are) and have definitely not touched or picked them. But we think they look nice.
A Yellow-Tail moth caterpillar, we think!
What a difference twelve months makes. October 2018 to October 2019. Thanks to Mark at Fewtrell Groundworks.
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!
The hay’s been cut and is drying in the sun ready for baling.
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.
From April 2018 to June 2019.
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.
Three years later and the wildflower meadow is taking shape, with successful growth of native seeds that we planted the previous autumn.
Some spoil from the lake used to landscape a low hill at end end of the field. Seeded with a mixture of native English wildflowers and grasses, it has now blended in seamlessly with its surroundings.
We used some of the spoil from the lake to improve the drainage at one end of the field, with a new ditch and wildflower meadow seeding. Here’s before, during and after.