I had noticed a digger turn up at the Greenhouse grounds yesterday afternoon and assumed that some drainage work was going to be done around the Greenhouses, but when I arrived this morning I found that about a third of the wonderful habitat there had been completely obliterated! Bramble as high as my head, Elder trees laden with fruit, wildflowers and grasses - the lot just totally wiped out :-(
I spoke to the guys there, who were sympathetic, but they were only doing what they had been asked to do by the bosses, more space was needed to enlarge the migrant pickers campsite. I was told that some of the grounds will be left to regenerate, but that could take a couple of years, and wont help any second broods of nesting birds that have just been destroyed :-( Another sad day for my patch.
I didn't really have the incentive to carry on the walk today, it may take a while to come to terms with the situation.
Later in the morning I made a trip out to sevenoaks wildfowl reserve to try and cheer myself, the place was alive with pushchairs and buggies being pushed by nattering mothers! What has this place come to!!
I found a couple of quiet places though, and settle down to take a few Damselfly images, here's my efforts :-)
This is the Male Banded Demoiselle, I tried experimenting with different backgrounds some work better than others!
I was pleased to come across a few Red Eyed Damselflies, a species i've not got any decent photo's of
There were hundreds and hundreds of these Common Damsels about too!