I had dozens of Small Tortoiseshell butterfly on the track towards the Marsh Farm on a sunny afternoon and a pair of Bullfinch were along Brook Furlong Lane.
No.6 had c500 Black-tailed Godwit spread all over the tank and they were spooked by a female Marsh Harrier that almost took my head off as she flew over. There was also 5 Avocet and 3 Dunlin.
A small rodent, probably a Bank Vole ran across in front of me too. The “shitigation” lived up to its name, enough said.
Why is the bank along the top banks on No.6 tank has been cut back this week as there are nesting birds along here and as your sign a few metres away points out it is a sensitive area? If it’s to maintain the towers :1. The pathway should have been kept clear since February, preventing nest building and 2. The towers aren’t in use now as the water is but a big puddle. Either way they have destroyed nests in breeding season.
Observer and images: Paul Crawley.