Wednesday 27 August 2014

New species

A walk through Brook Wood at the weekend turned up a new species for our checklist. On the footpath in Brook Wood was a dark little creature with a very short tail - a Short-tailed Vole (or Field Vole). I would have frightened it away but my wife, walking more slowly and looking, stopped before it sensed her, so we watched it for several seconds, pottering about in the wood which belongs to it - not to us!
Oh, and by the way, Coronation Meadow has changed its name again! It's now Townfields Meadow - George.

Sunday 27 July 2014

Valley butterflies!

A walk down through Brook Wood on Friday revealed a fine collection of butterflies and other wildlife, which were also seen on the Sandbach A Rocha group walk on Sunday. Here are some pictures:

1. Mating Common Blue butterflies at the trail start below Homebase -

2. Small Skipper butterfly at the trail start below Homebase -

3. Small Tortoiseshell butterfly on the ragwort on Coronation Meadow -

4. Peacock butterfly on Coronation Meadow - the blackest of butterflies when its wings are closed!

5. Field Poppy sown on Coronation Meadow to commemorate the centenary of the Great War's outbreak -

6. Green-veined White butterfly on Coronation Meadow -

7. Goat's Beard seed head on Coronation Meadow -

7. Banded Demoiselle dragonfly on Arclid Brook at Dancing Bridge (and present all down the valley of the Sandbach Wildlife Corridor) -

Take a walk yourself down the wonderful new paths and see! - George Hill

Thursday 13 March 2014

If anyone has not been through Brook Wood recently, they have missed a remarkable transformation! For months Phil Mason and his lads (whenever weather allowed) have been working away on building paths, steps and lots more out of wood. Many tons of hardcore have gone into the paths. There has been much thinning and much more work is hurriedly being put in ahead of the grand opening with Fiona Bruce MP on Saturday April 12th. Some bits have suffered in the process; the Large Bittercress marsh was accidentally damaged but is being restored as I write. The debate on mowing the Coronation Meadow (as it is now called) continues. But we all have a wood to be proud of! Later we will see what wildlife is flourishing - George Hill