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August 2015

posted 10 Sept 2015, 09:18 by Jane Arnold   [ updated 15 Sept 2015, 02:19 ]
purple loosestrife

August has been and gone, the birds have finished nesting, the swifts have already departed and there is definitely an Autumnal feel in the air! I was, however, quite excited to see some purple loosestrife flowering this month on the wetter side of the Green. Although it is not an uncommon plant, it is a first for the Green and it is not recorded on our species list. It likes to grow in damp conditions, so I am sure it will thrive on the boggy side of the Green.

Naughty cattle on Pipe Green

Over the summer I have tried putting up the trail camera to record some of the wildlife. However this has not been very successful as the the cattle are very adept at finding the camera, licking it and on one occasion totally dislodging it and almost standing on it! Take a look for yourself.

You may or may not be aware that there is the Lichfield Heritage weekend on the 19th and 20th September, where there are lots of things to do. In particular Lichfield Waterworks Trust are doing a number of interesting walks, including a history and wildlife walk of Stowe and Minster Pools. There is also an opportunity to visit Dr Milley's Hopsital in Beacon Street (well worth a visit) and a behind the scenes tour of the Lichfield Record Office (where the Trust's records are kept). Should be a great weekend and well worth supporting!

The Trust will also be holding  a drop in event in Beacon Park on Saturday 26th September from 11.00 - 12.00. We will be in the Museum Gardens, so come along and find out more about what we do!