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August 2021

posted 2 Sept 2021, 03:44 by Jane Arnold   [ updated 2 Sept 2021, 04:01 ]
harebells

Well, there is certainly an Autumnal feel to the Green - the blackberries are ripening and the hawthorn berries are starting to turn. Another indicator that summer is coming to an end is the appearance of the delicate harebell, which flowers from July through to September. It is an important source of nectar for insects during the Autumn and it only grows on the dry side of the Green. There is a lot of folklore surrounding these plants, including that fairies live amongst the flowers and will cast a spell on anyone walking through them - so walk past them at your peril!

nuthatch

A bird that can often be heard and seen on the Green is the rather lovely nuthatch. They usually frequent the mature trees on the Maple Hayes boundary and in spring will often nest in holes in those trees. Admittedly, I didn’t take this photo on the Green, but rather yesterday at RSPB Middleton Lakes (well worth a visit!). But I thought it worthwhile to share this photo and I am sure you will agree, they are gorgeous birds and one to look out for on the Green.

dronefly

Now, I know this is not going to appeal to everyone, but I noticed a number of insects sitting on the mud near the pipe. Whilst they look like male honey bees, a closer inspection and a search in my guidebook revealed them to be the dronefly (Eristalis tenax). They lay their eggs in mud/damp/rotting material and this is what I think they are doing in the photo!



Just to remind you that we are having a work party this Sunday (5th September), from 9.30 - 11.30. We will meet by the pipe and will be working mainly on the wet side of the Green removing the stands of willow herb. So please wear suitable footwear and personally I would wear trousers, as the horseflies are still around! Gloves are advised. The willow herb can be pulled by hand, but I will bring scythes along as well.