When I visited the Abbey Fish Ponds nature reserve last week there were 20 volunteers from the Earth Trust cutting back grass, and some of the summer growth, using scythes, clippers, and rakes. At lunch time they all gathered for sandwiches.
It was a sunny day and, as I passed the ponds that are closest to the path, I could see more dragon flies than on any previous monthly visit.
They did not settle for long.
A pair were flying quite slowly together linked from tail to head.
This video shows an attempt to chase a flitting dragonfly with a camera phone.
There were still a lot of blackberries and other fruit such as these haws next to the spider’s web.
The stream, through the reserve, is culverted for a short way before emerging, under the Radley Road, into the reserve.
The stream is wider where it leaves the reserve, under Audlett Drive, having been joined by at least one spring.