The detention pond is full again – Updated

Excessive rain has again filled the detention pond off Red Road in Lightwater. That’s the third time in recent months. Prior to this autumn the pond was last full in the summer of 2007. So, this autumn has been particularly wet. To my knowledge, not exhaustive I grant you, there’s been no flooding in Lightwater, since 2007, which is due to the investment in flood alleviation measures. NB: amended – in red – to make my note clearer,

Here’s my photo, taken this afternoon, of the detention pond adjacent to Red Road. I know it rained heavily last night because I was caught out iin it without a trusty umbrella.


A super low maintenance plant for ground cover

In our front garden – the bit that sticks out into our cul-de-sac road – we’ve a Cotoneaster horizontalis, otherwise known as wall spray or rockspray, that has grown to cover the area.

I mention this here because of its good value in the garden. To keep the plant prostrate, as in the photo, I prune any upright shoots. It’s been covered in these lovely red berries for weeks. Luckily blackbirds have yet to find it.

Mushrooms galore in local heathland

How wrong I was to comment recently about the lack of mushrooms in our local heathland.

In a recent walk through our heathland whereever I looked I saw mushrooms. I took photos of all the large ones, not bothering with the myriad of small mushrooms. Here are my photos. I need that excellent local naturalist Bernard Baverstock to help identify them.


We’re bird central this afternoon

Seated at home looking out of the window onto our rear garden it seems we’re bird central for the number and variety of birds. Here’s what I saw this mid afternoon,

  • 5 Wood pigeons
  • 3 Jackdaws
  • 1 Greater Spotted Woodpecker
  • 5 Crows
  • 1 Dunnock
  • 1 Robin
  • 2 Blue Tits
  • 4 Carrion Crows
  • 2 Great Tits
  • 1 Collared Dove

One reason might be that I’ve recently refreshed the bird feeders, including a new suet log which the Crows and Jackdaws are mad for. The Woodpecker also likes a suet log, and has the habit, very much like a drunk, of spilling more than he eats, hence the mass of wood pigeons gobbling up the crumbs.

Now, in the early evening, everything has gone quiet, just an odd Wood Pigeon stopping by. I’m not set up for bird photography, so you’ll have to make do with this photo, from the internet, of a Greater Spotted Woodpecker.

Few mushrooms seen on my second heathland walk of the week

Could the lack of mushrooms be as a result of foragers? Probably not. I spotted only one mushroom, an edible Boletus (though not the tasty variety Boletus edulis). The other in my photo are ones [the small white ones] I’ve not noticed before.

Though the mushrooms were lacking, the walk from Lightwater to Deepcut was as enjoyable, as always, with the pleasures of seeing the early autumn colours in trees and vegetation.

Expecting to see many more mushrooms on my heathland walk

On my most recent heathland walk, where I even ventured down into Folly Bog, I saw many mushrooms. Today I’m on another heatland walk, and am hoping to see many more varieties of mushrooms.

Here are the photos of the mushrooms on my most recent walk. Do I know what they are, no I don’t, and we’ve numerous books on mushrooms at home. Closer study is needed to identify them, which is my next challenge.

Looking for the fifth bronze-age bowl barrow in Brentmoor Heath

The four 4000 year old bowl barrows in Brentmoor Heath are easily accessible as a path runs next to them. In the 1930’s photo below – notice the lack of trees – you can just about pick out the fifth bowl barrow.  It is smaller and lies close by to the right of the four bowl barrows.

I’ve long been fascinated by them, and a while back wrote about them in some detail in Accepting the challenge to discover more about the bowl barrows in Brentmoor Heath.

I’ve not located the fith bowl barrow. As part of the need to get out, away from the TV, caused by my addiction to the Tour de France, I’m off to hunt for it.