The Corn-cockle and Cornflower were especially attractive - see photos below.
|Corn-cockle (Agrostemma githago)|
|Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus)|
There were innumerable Common Blue Damselflies on the flowers of one of the meadows, and the occasional Burnet Moth and Meadow Brown Butterfly.
Birds seen (or heard) were: Buzzard,Wood Pigeon, Blackbird, Jay, Magpie, Swallow, Swift, Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, Black-headed Gull, the beautiful Arctic Tern, Mute Swan, Mallard, Canada Goose, Tufted Duck and Great Crested Grebe. More water birds would have been expected had we reached the other side of the Flash with other wetland areas.
Two Rabbits were seen although one seemed to show some signs of myxymatosis.
There is clearly a major problem with Japanese Knotweed - while much has been killed, it seems to simply treat this as a challenge and returns with great vigour. It looks as though limiting the spread may be the objective, rather than the the almost impossible task of eradication.There are also extensive stands of Himalayan Balsam, the flowers of which at least, are attractive - to bees and us, even if the plant is highly invasive and difficult to control.