Summer brought a sea of a yellow dandelion-like flower, the Autumn Hawkbit, to the meadow while the area around the sand pit is purple with Heather, Rosebay Willowherb and Knapweed. These flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies which appear as colourful jewels: the bright orange of the Small Copper, the rich brown of the Gatekeeper and the delicate shades of the Common Blue.
Last year I reported that the reseeded Heather area was showing signs of shoots for the first time. I am happy to report that the Heather in this area is now thriving. It is doing particularly well near to Northwich Road where the ground is driest.