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Our second drone flight and the last one of the Summer before we are into Autumn! The lush and intense green of the grass that we have photographed from above on the first two flights will no doubt begin to fade from now on. The big Oak that reigns supreme over the wetland area in the bottom left of the photo is still at its best for another few weeks.
As the saying goes "make hay while the sun shines" and the wetland got its annual cut when hay was saved during the relatively dry week leading up to this photo. We always think it funny that so much takes place in the Bishop's Field, from rugby, athletics, and P.E. classes, to mountain biking, kite-flying, rocket launching and, as we see here, hay-making!
The contour of the wetland which was so visible in the July photo, is now much more subtle in the absence of the grass. Perhaps when a sward of grass comes back the pattern will re-emerge.
Interestingly, there has been a good bit of rain in the last two days and two small wet areas have emerged from the low points of the field (we may not have noticed if the field hadn't been cut). So it looks like our 'Winter wetland' as we call it may yet turn out to be a bit of a misnomer. This is happening in the Summer at the driest time of the year so we can be sure that the wetland will only grow in the months ahead.
These patches drew a lot of attention from birds as can be seen from the photos below.
And a closer view zoomed in. Quality suffers - apologies!
The children will be back to school in the next fortnight so it will be all systems go then. We need to devise a system of gridding the wetland area using timber stakes. How to place the stakes with a good level of accuracy will be the first thing to think about. As can be seen from the pics above the area is quite expansive with just the Oak tree as a nearby reference point. Looks like we'll be needing our compass, tape measure and wellies.
The wood for the stakes has arrived and we are cutting them to size and tapering them at the bottom.
A busy few weeks ahead as the school year 2016/17 gets underway in about a fortnight's time. For September's photo the lush green should return to some extent as the grass grows again. Until then fingers crossed for some fine weather!