River and StreamSaturday 8th July 2000
THERE'S A HANGING GARDEN on the collapsed bough of a Crack Willow that is arched across the stream in the wood. Herb Robert is in flower on it. Ivy climbs and Bramble spreads its runners. There's even a small Ash sapling where debris has collected in hollow.
In the shade by the path nearby, Enchanter's Nightshade has a sprinkling of white flowers like remnant confetti. Not the most stunning wildflower in the wood, but a wonderful name.
We've noticed more Sand Martins in the valley than in previous years. We meet a rambler who tells us that they've been nesting in the river bank. When we had the storms a few weeks ago they were flooded out, but now, we're told, they are active again.