The Lagoon and its meadow are once again bursting into life, with the beginnings of the succession flowering that was so spectacular last year. This includes Kidney Vetch, the food plant of the Small Blue, and this week we observed no fewer than seven of these tiny butterflies around the Lagoon.
Our wildflower plantings are increasingly colonising the Lagoon banks, and even Cut-leaved Germander is to be found away from its first site, despite being partially eroded by water from the new additional pipe drain from Outwood Lane.
Although the pool water level is low in the present dry conditions, the recent pond plant matting is starting to grow and Broad-Bodied Chasers and a mass of Damselflies are swarming over the water surface. Some of the established plants like the Bulrushes have become a little too successful and the time is coming when some of the growth will have to be cut back. Here's hoping it's a warm day for a paddle!
Life is returning to the Lagoon, with a larger amount of frogspawn than last year, in more places along its banks. Yesterday three Mallards were dabbling in the pool, enjoying the brief bits of sunshine despite the cold wind. Visitors from the Banstead Woods pond, perhaps?
They kept on mooning: were they trying to tell me something?