Monday, 29 August 2011

Honeysuckle Farm

We spend the afternoon in Honeysuckle farm. There is plenty to do and see but the kids invariably spend most of the time jumping on the hay bales. The farm has a small woodland area with picnic tables and several ponds, two of them stocked with large carp. One of the ponds, which is quite new, is shallow and has a lot of natural aquatic plants. Young moorhens nibble in the water. Honeysuckle farm is great for dragonflies and butterflies. But today, a couple of water voles stole the show. They fed on the banks of the carp food quite happily - looking like they are very used to people - and once squabbled for the best spot, swimming from one side of the bridge to the other. We had great views for 15 minutes. I bet there are very few places around where you can feed wild water voles!
Female common darter, Sympetrum striolatum
Immature moorhen. 
Swimming water vole
Water vole nibbling carp food
Amphibious bistort
Male common darter
Bombus pascuorum on teasel

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