On Tuesday we will, weather permitting, continue with the coppicing at Banstead Wood. Meet at the Park Farm car park at 10:00hrs. As usual, if the weather is as bad as forecast, I will cancel the task by email before 09:00hrs on the day.
On Tuesday we will continue with the cut/rake/remove at The Knoll.
Meet at the Ramblers Rest car park at 10:00hrs.
See you there.
The Lagoon has been topped up by the increasingly wet weather and on Sunday was around 60cm (two feet) deep in much of the water area. The force of the water gushing from the drain knocked over some of the Bulrushes (see pic) and the flushed sediment is building up, creating a shallow mudbank at this end of the pool.
The plants on the Lagoon meadow continue to flourish – although many are producing berries or seed – and there's even a clump of Kidney Vetch still in flower.
Easily confused – both highly poisonous
Pics by Graham Kenward. Click on pics to enlarge.
On Thursday, weather permitting, we will continue with the ground layer clearance at The Orchard. Meet at the Park Farm car park at 10:00hrs.
Remember to maintain 'social distancing!'
The task for Tuesday is to cut and remove the ground layer at the orchard - weather permitting. I have ordered a couple more hay rakes, but they won't be here on time - so could a few of you please bring your garden rakes with you?
Meet at the Park Farm car park at 10:00hrs. Graham K - usual pick-ups please.
Graeme Lyons, on his last survey visit to the Chipstead Downs part of the site, collected a really special Shieldbug. This is Sciocoris homalanotus and is the 2nd record for the U.K. Congratulations Graeme!
Today the Lagoon felt very much like an oasis surrounded by desert, as the fierce midday heat bounced off its walls. The water depth has dropped to the point where it is just mud at the drain end and a maximum of 36cm (14 inches in old money) elsewhere. Much of the liner edge is now exposed.
The water plant growth has continued to expand, with Hornwort colonising most of the water, and the Bulrush has seeded an outpost from the main clump near the drain. The meadow continues to change its star turns every week, with Wild Carrot now taking over from Ragwort in the main show as masses of seed heads mature. While on the steep slopes beside it, another native rarity has come into bloom: White Mullein (Verbascum lychnitus), see pic. This can be found in only a couple of sites in Surrey and, thanks to Peter Wakeham, we can now enjoy it here.