Dave Dawson’s natural history notes for 15th May 2015:-
Flowering in the brook are Watercress, Pendulous Sedge and Yellow Flag Iris. Peering through the gate leading from the children’s play area to the angling base, the delicate inflorescences of Wood Millet can be seen. Elder is in full flower in the woods and hedges, whereas Hawthorn is nearly over. The native Bluebell display in Horse Close Wood continues and around the edges, and in the hedges, the white flowers of Garlic Mustard are prominent. Foraging trips by busy parent birds make the few Song Thrushes, Starlings and House Sparrows conspicuous. Bird song continues from Blackbirds, Blackcaps, Chaffinches, Great Tits, Robins and Wrens, suggesting that these species will be laying second clutches soon. On the Lake two Common Terns are in residence and looking for a secure place to nest. Canada Geese have dispersed to breed, so there are few on the Lake and they are outnumbered by Greylag Geese. Mute Swan numbers remain high, with some 60 birds present, but only one pair nesting successfully in the fringing vegetation of the southern arm of the Lake.