Friday, 10 October 2008

Signs of autumn

Autumn is well and truly here in the meadow. Most of the yellows and purple swathes have gone, replaced by different hues of browns and reds with a dash of green thrown in. Its colder - there's a distinct nip in the air, even on sunny days. Life (and death) still goes on though and you can still sometimes see the herons striding across the meadow while they stalk any roaming amphibians.

There is bad news though as any thoughts of having a permanent pond have been dashed as its unsafe to dig too far down where the temporary/seasonal pond is now. Sad also as we would've been eligible for grant money to take the project forward. However, we can still look forward to the amphibians that already use the pond along with the dragonflies who dance around this area. From what I gather it would've been a good pond as the water table is quite high here as well, and often only kept back by the rubbish that has accumulated over the years. Temporary/seasonal ponds do have a special place in the biodiversity of an area.