Now to finally catch up with myself .
With just a small window of reasonable weather on the cards , I decided to see if I could locate the Small Blue that Martin , who does the butterfly transect at Hutchinsons Bank , had found yesterday , the first sighting of the species on site this year . On the way , I stopped for a look at Spring Park Pond , a week on from my last visit . After a decent day yesterday , I was expecting better than the Odonata no show that followed . The weather can be blamed for some of the lack of sightings , but the yearly clear out of vegetation , which is due to go ahead again later this month has got to be blamed too . The biggest problems are Marestail / Hippuris vulgaris , which is choking the pond and silt , washed down from higher ground , even though a 'silt trap' is in place , the end where the supposed silt free water enters the pond is now higher than the water level , so effectively the pond is getting smaller and smaller , whilst getting more and more choked with vegetation , all adding up to less and less Odonata . After a couple of years of it's existence , about 15 species were recorded , now , if half are recorded it's better than average . What with the farm lake in new ownership and my free access gone and the downward spiral with this pond , I think I need to find 'pastures new' , or should that be 'lakes , ponds new' . A look through the vegetation close to the pond and around the small meadow , some distance away also failed to find any Odonata . A few bits of interest were found , a Green-veined White butterfly , wings open in cloudy conditions was obviously wrong , but
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