Winter 2023 - 2024
Winter brings a time of quiet in the meadow and plants and trees are largely dormant. Birds have to work hard to find food during the the short hours of daylight. Butterflies are waiting for the spring to return when the first Orange Tips will appear, although Red Admirals were being seen in the meadow up to mid November while mild weather prevailed. Recent rain has caused the Nadder to overflow across the paths which are almost impassable in places. The local swans can no longer come to the pond under the bridge from the river but have found a way through the flooded paths to reach their pond refuge. The swan family of nine is now down to the original pair with one cygnet still in loose attendance.