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May: Named after the Italic goddess Maia, wife of Vulcan and mother of Mercury, the month in which our forebears celebrated the imminent arrival of summer by decorating their homes with may-blossom, crowning a May Queen and dancing round a maypole.
The approach down Pigsty Lane from Bramble Drive
The ducklings are fewer in number. Originally there were about a dozen - ten can be seen in Carole Morris's photo taken on the 15th of April (click on the thumbnail above). Now there are two families, one of three and another of four slightly younger ducklings.

There have been one or two adverse comments about some of the earlier notices that have appeared in strategic places about the Reserve.
 
Some have been considered too prescriptive, liable to evoke rebellious inclinations in the passer-by intent on savouring unregimented nature.

The Committee's aim is to provide enough information to enable visitors to enjoy the Reserve without damaging it and it can be difficult to get the right balance between informing and exhorting! 

 

Pictured on the left is one of our more recent attempts to encourage and inform without inducing too much unintended rage in the reader. Feedback as always will be welcome.

 

Below, photos by John Morris of purple orchids, as yet to be identified. Both Guy Watson and Tim Paine suspect it is a Marsh Orchid (Dactylorhiza incarnata as yet not fully developed according to Tim).

Photo: John Morris
Photo: John Morris

12th May: See next page for notes on identification.

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