The Autumn equinox has passed and it’s 23rd September with the temperature today at 21 degrees Centigrade. The open space has been relatively dry over the last month or so and the Council’s contractors have now been able to carry out a cut and clear operation in the last couple of days, taking away about one third of the natural grassland. Here are two examples of the finished work at the northern area stretching from the Highbanks entrance to the slopes overlooking the site where the new ponds have been created.
Clearance from the Highbanks entrance
Looking south west towards the pond area
After clearance many birds – magpies, crows, blackbirds and green woodpeckers, have taken full advantage of the cut and been feeding on a variety of insects which were previously using the shelter of the long grass for cover. There are still butterflies around including some large and small whites and the odd speckled wood. The following were also found in the boardwalk area.