Sunday, 22 June 2008

Somewhere . . . a big find!

A member of the Sandbach Clean Team, tidying up the town area (in awful weather!) received an excellent reward for her dedication yesterday. Jackie F. was litter-picking, when she made a great find, not on the Environment Trail itself but in a nearby area we also survey occasionally. The find was nothing less than a beautiful Bee Orchid, one of the most remarkable members of that famous family. The spike was in full bloom and great photographs of it taken by her husband Roger will be posted on the blog in due course. Bee Orchids are opportunists quite ready to seed themselves on bare areas, and are becoming more common with climate change, but this is still a great find for the Sandbach area. The location of this one will not be made known here, and is rather precarious; it may not survive in the longer term and it remains to be seen if it will set seed. If anyone wants to see the plant in the next couple of days please phone me (my email is down at present). Oh, and the first Meadow brown butterfly of the year was flying nearby - George

Young life

Standing by the Park pond a week ago, I spotted two tiny Moorhen chicks, despite the first nest having vanished. The chicks were auidble but in hiding today. A family of small birds sheeping nearby turned out to be Wrens, each fledgling with a pale bill edge that made it look like it was smiling. Parents searching for food can be very tame at this time of year; Robin, Blackbird and Chaffinch all let me approach closer than my own height. The Pond has a fine display of Watercress - George

Sunday, 8 June 2008


Writing in 85 or so AD, the apostle John said that "Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil." [John 3 v19 (NIV)]. Of course, the light John was referring to was Jesus, but in any case, walking around the Trail early or late on a sunny day, it is impossible not to realise how much God loves ordinary light! This close-up shot of one of a stand of Red Campion was taken beside the Trail a couple of weeks ago, almost directly into the sun, so that the petals are nearly transparent. This is how the Creator's work appears - and perhaps how we should, too! But we can protect it as we should only by loving His Light more than our own comfort, wealth, selfishness and environmental recklessness. John would undoubtedly have seen our love of all those as being among the darknesses in our lives today - George

Tuesday, 3 June 2008

Wrong yet again!

Creation is full of complications as well as beauty! The new fern turned out to be Hard Shield Fern, not Soft. Look closer next time!