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Across the Reserve bramble provides richly varied shades and textures as it looks forward to another year of steady growth.

The lower fields are sodden and the wallow shows no sign of receding and every indication of permanence.

October 30th: A wet summer gave way to an intermittently pluvial autumn. The colours in the Reserve are muted, with greens and browns predominating.

Eileen Stonebridge's photo (taken on the 9th October) shows the main outflow after the latest, apparently successful, attempt to stop the worst of the leaks in our ageing Victorian dam.

An unusual find! A sword labelled 'Devil . Demon' on either side of the crossguard (see thumbnail). Any suggestions as to its origins?

One of the original posts, lying with other fencing remnants.

Ian and Ken have continued to work throughout the month on Tuesdays. Here they are seen clearing away the undergrowth to reveal the original deer park boundary. This will make it possible to measure the length of fencing that needs to be restored.

The lower pool into which the outflow from the lake was joined by a gully which presumably gathered water running down to the old stream bed from the fields above. The pool is bordered by stonework.

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