Lovely Lynne from ASDA Living Thurrock came and presented the Little Belhus Country Park Trust with a £50 cheque yesterday! This money will go towards buying native trees, as we are looking at planting around 3000 trees and shrubs this winter.
The green hay from Langdon Hills finally arrived last week. Due to the heavy rainfall making the site thick with mud and slosh it turned up a little later than anticipated, so when it arrived there was a huge sigh of relief.
Whilst out doing a reptile survey this morning, I happened upon a couple of wasp siders - much to my delight. The photo is of a female, they are pretty big being about the size of a 2p coin. The males are much smaller and sometimes provide a meal for a hungry female after mating!
As part of the Coronation Meadows project in Essex, we are creating a wildflower meadow in partnership with the Essex Wildlife Trust. Before the seed source arrives we have a lot of work to do in removing the vegetation that has sprung up on the finishing soils.
Poor quality but you can just make out a little ringed plover in the top right hand corner. A pair of these tiny wading birds were seen today having a lovely insect feast on the muddy banks of the lake in the North Field.