One word: buttercups…
This is the meadow that we are working towards it becoming a flower meadow and it is looking stunning right now.
As we reached the second meadow, our attention was immediately drawn towards this rosette of grass that wasn’t there yesterday:
Right in the centre of the whorl was the remains of a large crab
perhaps suggesting that the foxes are foraging along the shore line.We would love to have seen it returning home carrying a large crab.
We flushed a couple of grey partridge from the long grass who the dog saw off the premises
And since it was such a lovely morning and very conducive to flopping around, we started investigating ants:
There seems to be a large variety of ants here, none of which we know anything about. Large anthills seem to spring up almost overnight whilst others, particularly in the paddock where there has been no mowing for many years, are long established and seem to have their own special ecosystem associated with them. Anyway, a subject identified for further study another day.