In the meadows the grass is regenerating strongly, with dandelions dominating.
Elsewhere Lady's Smock or Cuckoo Flower (Cardamine pratensis) heralds the arrival of Spring. Nowadays the increasingly rare cuckoo, whose call was once so strongly associated with this flower, is seldom heard. Cardamine pratensis has many different regional names. Grigson, in The Englishman's Flora, lists nearly forty, the majority of which are associated with milkmaids, cuckoos or the Virgin Mary.
Footings have been prepared for the footbridge which will make it possible to cross the Glenavon outlet and walk along the edge of the lake to the dam.
6th May: The lake is full and the meadows are wet. One of the gabions is fully submerged, the other has acquired a layer of greenery. The water pouring down the sluice is swollen by an increasing contribution from the leak.
New signs have appeared by the lake, urging dog owners not to let their pets swim in the 'pond'.
The ducklings have disappeared and so have the ducks, leaving behind half a dozen idle drakes.
Another record-making April: this year it was the wettest for 100 years; last year it was the warmest on record. May began damply, raising hopes that the water shortages elsewhere in the country might be eased.
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