I haven’t recorded much in the way of macro-fauna in the mini-meadow. A frog is present every year when I cut the hay. A hedgehog visits, judging from the trails through the grass and droppings left behind. So it was nice today to boost that number to three species.

A pair of goldfinches were feeding on seed heads.

They went especialy for the knapweed seedheads, particularly the greater knapweed. But they were also eating field scabious and ribwort plantain seeds. I am very pleased….there are loads of excess seeds, and I’m glad that leaving the hay uncut all summer benefits something. That’s what I was hoping for anyway.

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