Monday, 13 May 2013

Bare hope

After a very late start all the wildlife on the Environment Trail is steaming ahead. Seasonal specialties are about, in particular Orange-Tip butterflies. (Note that only the male has orange tips; the female can be told by her delicate green-and-white chequered underwing. Other butterflies about include Speckled Woods, Peacocks, Small Tortoiseshells and Large Whites.
It's great to see such vivid life starting from what seemed such a bare spring. Especially bare was the Sandbach Park Pond area following the recent major re-excavation of what are now three ponds. When all seems lifeless, life is more uregently about to spring up than ever - an Easter message! I have been surveying the pond and one highlight is the pair of Grey Wagtails, a species new to the Park, that have taken up residence. See if you can spot them! - George