Very Special Habitat

Thursday, July 12th 2012

The wetland was surveyed today by Martin Hammond, a freshwater biologist working on behalf of the County Council. He was 'spellbound' by the results! This habitat that was improved only four years ago has developed into an extremely special place for some remarkable and in some cases rare species.

WEtland 1

The sunny spells encouraged Azure, Blue-tailed, Emerald and Large Red Damselflies to show themselves off and the pond edges were teaming with them. Ringlet Butterflies and Common Blue were also on the wing.

WEtland 2

Several Reed Bunting were roosting in some of the larger reeds too.

WEtland 3

Martin explained that the ponds contain many species that are indicators of good water quality such as stoneworts and mosses and will no doubt be of regional importance.

Wetland 5

Many of the bunds are lifting with wildflowers such as these orchids.

Wetland 4

Marsh Cinquefoil is beginning to flower.

Marsh Cinquefoil

This plant has spread significantly over recent years.

Wetland pool

Other flowers in this area include Eyebright, Fairyflax, Marsh Stitchwort, Cotton Grass and Zigzag Clover.

Red Clover

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