Our Wildlife FieldThe field is managed to encourage local wildlife and bio-diversity.
Although a wintry blast has returned albeit briefly, there are many signs that Spring is exerting herself in our meadow. The young tadpoles grazing on the algae is but one manifestation of springtime as are the large show of lesser celandines, the clump of pulmonaria and Mike’s glorious flowering cherry in his colourful border alongside the asphalt path. The newest of our four Japanese maples is the first into leaf and what a stunning colour it is.
Two meadow residents have recently been seen, the green woodpecker whose numbers have increased over the years as have the anthills. His favourite snack are the Yellow Meadow ants which build the large number of anthills that have arrived in the last decade because of annual cutting and raking. A greater-spotted woodpecker was seen close to the woodland part of our wildlife area. An elusive bird, often heard drumming, but rarely spotted despite its name.
The warm weather of last week gave four of our winter hibernators the chance to grace our meadow, yellow brimstones, peacocks, comma and small tortoiseshell. In addition two species emerged from their pupal cases. The much loved orange tip butterfly, such a special part of springtime with but one generation each year and the less celebrated but more in evidence, the small white butterfly with three generations each year as every gardener will know.
Every day now there are new delights and discoveries and our meadow is now regularly visited by plot holders and their families which is a testament to the effort that has been put in over the past ten years.
My final thanks to Alfred who has mown and restored our paths and lawn areas twice already. Wednesday sessions have resumed, all volunteers are welcome.