Monday 27th August

The two swans on the long pond,(female with blue ring), have now taken over from the last pair in which the female (white ring TYP) died. They are now the chasing and not the chased, see attached photo of the most recent pair to be harassed by them.
Hawthorn trees are doing very well, see photo of a couple covered in berries, is this a sign of coming bad winter?
Whilst checking one of the moth traps, we found a few Round Leaved Wintergreen, not seen these for a few years,
Also found a ring of large fungi.
Other photos of Natterjack tadpoles and toadlets, very late brood but look as though they are thriving, and a dosing heron on the long pond.

Bob and Bri

Thursday 8th August

Best day this week, the air was clear and the hills looked really close, see photo.
Now the nesting period has officially finished, Natural England have been busy, carrying on where they left off, in February, cutting and burning Willow trees in the dip north of the butts, see couple of photos.
They have also cut the grass along the Airfield fence, part of the Coastal path, first cut for the visit of Country File in 2017, as can be seen, this will have to a annual task to keep it open. ( If you walk approximately 100yds along the path toward the channel, in a small clearing you will find a lonely Viper’s-bugloss.)

Also attached are a few other photos, one of a mating pair of Common Darters, there are are plenty to see at the moment, a pair of Common Blue and a Small Copper.

Bob and Bri

Friday 2nd August

The Painted Lady butterflies are still very plentiful especially where there is any nectar.
Natural England were busy bruising the bracken in the area just after the second to last gate, see photos.
A Reed Warbler has started singing again, in the middle clump of reeds near the path, see photo.
Managed a photo of a male Emperor dragonfly, found patolling the northern most Natterjack pond.
Find attached a couple of photos of House Sparrows having a bath in a pool on the path near the tip.
Also see Power Turbines in a better light.

Bob and Bri