The pond is a delight at the moment, with rushes and sedges, pondweed, cuckoo flowers and water mint. There are a few irises coming through, the first of what may be many in the future, and on the bank the oxeye daisies, clovers, knapweed and other wildflowers are coming into bloom. It won’t be long before the willowherb is in flower as well. Countless little insects are flying over the surface of the water, and swallows are diving down, just touching the water, with wonderful grace.
This is a female broadbodied chaser dragonfly that has been laying her eggs. While the females are a bright sunshine yellow, the males are a brilliant sky blue. We’ve seen a fair few around the pond, while the females seem to roam further at Sun Rising, coming up into the new woodland.