|The very first dormouse|
A couple of weeks later, on a beautiful sunny morning Joel and I set out for a walk in Thorndon Country Park. We didn't have too much time and we'd never been there before so we thought we'd just have a brisk walk round and then head home. I didn't count on catching a glimpse of what I believe was a Silver-washed Fritillary. It was beautiful but just didn't stay around long enough to get a proper view, not did it settle so that we could get a picture! However, we ended up spending a lot of time standing at the edge of the paths looking into thickets of bramble and nettle at the other species around. A beautiful female Meadow Brown and a gorgeous chocolatey brown ringlet.
|Female Meadow Brown|
Trying to keep the garden an attractive place for wildlife whilst what we want to do with it. So here is a glimpse at our wild flower meadow..... with the recent addition of a new bird table. Essentially we have just left a strip of flower bed at the side to grow. We've got some lovely plants: feverfew, wood dock, pink-sorrel, sneezewort, self-heal, red dead nettle, opium poppies and a variety of grasses. The sparrows are loving the new bird table as well. Looking out at them now and they've just scattered as Alfie the Jack Russell next door has frightened them off with his barking.
|Our "Wild Flower Meadow"|
Sadly, I only get to look at my nature garden now at weekends as I have re-entered the world of work. Back in HR at another advertising agency for the summer. Hopefully the money earned here will go some way to funding my continued studies...