East Common is looking rather bare now that the hay has been cut. It’s good to see
that the cut is right up to the new path so our work has added a useful area to the
Common and the path is becoming the one most used. Between the path and the hedge
the vegetation is shoulder-high in places so there’s going to be a lot to do later
in the year. On Middle Common the grasses have again produced that wonderful pinkish-brown
haze but it may well have been cut by the time you read this. It has really done
us proud this year with better-than-ever displays of flowers and grasses. The pink-lilac
flowers of Rosebay Willowherb are providing colour on all three sections of the Common
and along the Byslips Road edge of Middle Common they are joined by the yellow flowers
of St John’s-wort.
At the time of writing (5th July) there were good numbers of Ringlet and Meadow Brown
butterflies but rather few of other species, only a couple of Marbled Whites, a single
very worn Painted Lady and a fresh Small Tortoiseshell. The latter was good to see
as the numbers of this once-common species have declined markedly in recent years.
The cause is thought to be a parasitic fly that has recently appeared in Britain
and attacks the caterpillars.
See June’s Nature Notes
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