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We were pleased to observe that a new clump of common spotted orchid flowered by the pond

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We were visited by otters last year -here is the remains of one of their meals

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Not exactly new, but finally coming into its own is a winter-flowering honeysuckle. which was planted near the stream as a source of winter forage for bees.

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There is a long, broad blackthorn (sloe) hedge which we have started to coppice in sections.  We are hoping to attract the brown hairstreak butterfly, which needs young growth for its caterpillars

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The picture below is of the beautiful demoiselle.  This splendid damsel fly used to confined to the south of the country but is spreading northwards as the climate warms

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