Middle Field

Middle Field is a mosaic of habitat including a pond, reedbed, small mixed copses, and grassland. Trees here are a mix of Alder, Willow, Wayfaring, and Spindle. It is one of the best sites for invertebrates in the Recording Area.

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Please be aware that access to Middle Field is restricted. 
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In spring early species such as Hairy Dragonfly, Large Red Damselfly, and Blue-tailed Damselfly can be spotted. This area is species rich in bees with at least 14 species of Bumblebee! Early butterflies such as Green-veined White enjoy the damper areas. The grasslands are a good area to spot Mistle Thrushes feeding while Greenfinches are often singing from the treetops nearby.

Ruderal Bumblebee by Steve Reynaert

In summer the wildflower meadow supports many pollinators including the scarce Ruderal Bumblebee. Southern Marsh Orchids appear in great floral spots during summer. House Martins may be a common sight breeding on the nearby houses and Common Lizards can be found sunbathing here. There is a significant Wasp Spider population which are best seen in summer and early autumn.

 

Wasp Spider by Shalley Lewis

As autumn commences Small Heath butterflies are often darting around on the paths. There may be passing warblers, such as Blackcap and Lesser Whitethroat, or even a Tree Pipit, with Siskins and Crossbills possible later in the year.

In winter, Woodcock may be found hiding amongst the leaf litter, while Thrushes and Bramblings are making use of any winter food around within the trees and bushes.

 

Redwing by Steve Ray