The gall of the Diplolepis rosae gall wasp on a dog rose. Pretty but a bit weird.
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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.
The creation of a traditional Shropshire wildlife pool, naturally clay-lined. All we now need is water. Lots of water.
Some work on improving the drainage in one part of the field using muck dug out of the old pond.
(updated September 2019)
First sighting of
one, two, three new Barn Owl hatchlings.
A nest in the old shelter full of robin chicks (five, we think!).