Wildlife News (current)

Edited by Brian Fellows, this page provides wildlife news from Brook Meadow.
Please note, this is only a small selection of the local wildlife news.  For a more complete coverage of wildlife news both on Brook Meadow and the local area please go to the Emsworth wildlife blog which is updated daily with reports and photos of local wildlife
at . . . http://familyfellows.com/0-0-0-wildlife-diary.htm

I had a look at some of the Ash trees on the site for any signs of Ash die-back.  The very large Ash tree on the railway embankment which overhangs the north path looks a little sad with no leaves and rather wizened seed cases.   One of the younger self seeded Ash saplings on the north path also looks unhealthy with dead crinkled up leaves.  But the disease should be easier to identify in the spring when new leaves should grow.

Sad looking Ash tree

The Aspen tree growing on the edge of the copse on the east side of the north meadow currently has beautiful yellow leaves, which shiver and rustle in the breeze.

Aspen glowing in sun

Nearby, the Rowan berries which were so prolific a few weeks ago have now mostly been stripped by local birds.  While I was there a pair of Blackbirds came to help themselves to some of the remaining berries.  It will be good to have a path right round the plantation which is planned for the future.

Blackbird taking Rowan berries

The self-seeded Alder sapling in the middle of the Lumley area is looking healthy.
I spotted a Red Admiral flying near the Rowans and a Buzzard was briefly flying over the Seagull Lane patch at the start of the work session.   I saw a Sparrowhawk fly over Lumley copse.

Self seeded Alder

There was nothing special to report on the wildlife front. The yellow
flowers of Common Fleabane and Hoary Ragwort (see photos below) are still brightening up the scene. I noticed a number of grasses re-flowering including False Oat-grass
(lots), Cocksfoot, Tall Fescue, Perennial Ryegrass and a solitary Yorkshire

While I was watching a 4-spot Spider on its web near the main river path, a
small fly came into its web and quickly wrapped up.

SUNDAY OCTOBER 07th – 2018
Wildlife observations during the work session During the cutting of the dense vegetation on the Lumley area a young self-seeded Alder sapling was discovered, probably from the Alder sapling that was planted nearby a few years ago and which has grown well. It was decided to leave it and see how it develops.
A Bumblebee with a bright ginger thorax came to rest on the sleeve of Martha, Jennifer’s granddaughter who had come along to help. It is probably Bombus pascuorum, which is noted for flying late in the year.

The only butterflies I saw were Speckled Woods. I also discovered a female Common Darter sunbathing.

Common Darter female


I think I also had a Southern Hawker flying around me, but it did not stop for closer study.
I noted a good number of late flowering plants, including Common Fleabane, Hoary Ragwort, Wild Angelica, Hogweed, Common Comfrey (pink and white flowered), Creeping Thistle, Red Clover, Perennial Sow-thistle and , best of all, Meadowsweet.


Meadow sweet


Brook Meadow
I had a very relaxed stroll around the meadow with my camera on this warm autumnal morning, the sort John Keats must have had in mind when he penned his ‘Ode to Autumn’. I wonder what Keats would have done with a digital camera. Probably not written such good poetry.
On my way I stopped to admire this view . . .

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