© Andrew Moon

A beautiful sunny day attracted 10 attendees for the 2017 Dragonfly and Butterfly walk. We were very fortunate to have Damien Weller, the Three Rivers District Council Park ranger, with us carrying his sweep net and bug examination pots. This gave us the opportunity to see some dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies close up. As usual all attendees were on the lookout for flying animals as well as some non-flying ones.

Following a warm, sunny week Sunday 25th was a dry day - perfect for the walk to look at the wildflowers around the reserve. A group of around 12 met on the causeway. I talked briefly about the type of plants to expect to see growing on unimproved, neutral soil, and that the smaller the plant, the more quickly it is likely to disappear. Species diversity is inversely proportionate to infertility of the soil.