|Female common darter|
It's been a good week to be out and about. The sun is still shining, but it isn't as warm as it was. If you like to photograph insects, then this is a good time because they need to sit about in sunny glades to heat themselves up. Dragonflies are particularly photogenic just now and there are at least four kinds of hawker and both darters to be seen sunning themselves or darting around after hover-flies. Most damselflies are finished now but you should look out for the metallic-green Willow Emerald. It seems to be turning up all over East Anglia this year.
|Lizard at Barford Road Pocket Park|
|Fox-and cubs Hawkweed|
|Acorns and galls|
|Our new, blue plough in action.|
The Friends of Paxton Pits recently donated a generator to us so that we could use power tools in our yard. I'm pleased to say that it has already paid its way by allowing us to salvage an old reversible plough and use it to cultivate our fields. Ranger Matt Johnson rescued what was left of the machine from the nettle-covered corner of a farm and volunteer Davy Jones stripped it down to all its parts and rebuilt it from scratch. It works a treat. Our winter thatching-wheat will be sown this weekend.
You can cheer yourself up with a walk round the reserve or join us for one of our events. This month, on September 28th at 7.45, the Friends of Paxton Pits Nature Reserve have taken over the Village Hall in order to accommodate a big audience for one of our showcase talks. The subject is "Polar Bears, Penguins and the White Continent" and the speaker is our own Trevor Gunton.
|Veronica and Trevor Gunton |
for penguins at Paxton Pits.