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June 2013

posted 14 Jul 2013, 08:58 by Jane Arnold   [ updated 19 Jul 2013, 03:41 ]
Well Summer has definitely arrived on the Green. The cattle were turned out earlier on in the month and have settled in well. There is plenty for them to eat and they have already made a start at grazing the rather long grass. It has been a wonderful year for the flowering plants on the Green. Not only have we had 40 - 50 orchids flowering, but also the clover and birds foot trefoil have been flowering prolifically.
Green woodpecker
Ater a slow start, the birds have been breeding well. The reed buntings have already raised one clutch and it looks as though they may be starting again on a second. This photo, again taken by Bob Russon, shows a green woodpecker nest (near to the Green) with its occupant looking out and deciding whether to leave or not! The green woodpeckers are common visitors to the Green and can often be seen foraging for ants and insects on the ground.

Image to the right courtesy of Bob Russon, Lichfield & District Local RSPB Group
Common blue butterfly
The butterflies are eventually starting to be seen. This wonderful photo is of the underside of a common blue butterfly. Some of the other butterfly species that are plentiful at the moment on the Green are ringlets and meadow browns as well as some tortoiseshell and small skippers. However we are still waiting for the dragonflies to emerge - maybe we will have some for next month's post.

On a more negative note, there has been an increase in the number of youngsters camping overnight on the Green and lighting fires and leaving their rubbish behind. This usually coincides with the good weather. If you do see anything then please either contact us or report it to the police on the non-emergency number, 101. We are having another work party next Sunday (21st July) to cut some more of the thistle at the Abnalls Lane end of the Green. So if anybody is interested, come along between 9.00 and 11.00. See you there!

Image to the right courtesy of Bob Russon, Lichfield & District Local RSPB Group