It's always exciting to see whether there's any water in the spring, but it's been so dry this spring that I wasn't very hopeful there would be any. In fact it was bone dry in the bottom of the spring, not even a muddy puddle!
First thing we noticed was that many of the plants inside the spring were really tall, especially the nettles and willowherb. They were towering well above our heads and were much taller than you usually see them. That may be due to a combination of the damp conditions (there's water down there somewhere), fertilizer running off the fields into the spring and the shade from the trees all around the spring. It felt like we were walking through a jungle!
|Willowherb and nettles were at least 6' tall|
(unless Mum has shrunk dramatically!)
|Even the brooklime was getting on for 3' tall|
|Horse chestnuts tower over the spring|
|The stream (if there was any water in the spring) that |
leads away towards Culverton
|One stem of rape completely covered in aphids - it looked like coral|
|Bindweed (or Jenny-pop-out-of-bed as Mum calls it) was attracting lots of |
different hoverflies - I think this one is a long hoverfly
|Small whites were enjoying the bramble flowers|
|Poppies growing in amongst the crops with a marmalade hoverfly and lots |
of pollen beetles
|We saw several small tortoiseshells|
We walked back along the side of a field. The bindweed was in flower and each one seemed to have a single flower beetle sat in it. They're lovely shiny little beetles, also called fat-legged beetles for fairly obvious reasons.