I had planned to go to Farlington and do some topping on Thursday, bet when I got there, rather late in the afternoon, I found that the North Marsh trough was still not working properly, so fixing that took precedence. Unfortunately I could not turn off the water before I replaced the valve so I got rather wet. I then had to wait until the trough refilled enough to stop the cattle from pulling off the float arm, something they will do if the can reach it. As I waited I took a good look at the pod near the trough, something I have never really done before a sit is in the middle of the field and not a place I visit very often. I soon realised it is unlike any other pond on the marsh, being shallow and filled with broad-leaved pondweed.
There are stands of sea clubrush and water plantain growing up through the pondweed as well as a variety of other species. Looking more closely I could see beetles walking about on the pondweed leaves, they were very ponderous and I soon saw that they were eating away at the surface of the leaves.
I am no expert on beetles but I thought I recognised the general type of beetle as one of the leaf-beetles of the genus Donacia. I was able to check this later and it seems to be Donacia versicolorea.
Looking about I found several other interesting things, amongst them a dragonfly exuvia.
Also a group of pea mussel shells left behind by the falling water level, I have not been able to identify the species, there are several and they are very similar.
Being out in the middle of the field did rather restrict the other wildlife I saw, there were a good few yellow wagtail with the cattle, at least 20 or so and some cam every close to me as I was stood among the animals. The wryneck was reported again as was an osprey out in the Harbour.