Today the Beechcroft team and I went to Titchfield Haven to carry on with a fencing job we started last week. It was hot work which was not helped by the biting insects. At times, in the over head high vegetation with the sun beating down, it felt much more like hell than a haven.
The aim of the project is to re-fence and graze a wet meadow in the northern end of Titchfield Haven. However the area doesn’t look like it’s been grazed in a long while with scrub encroaching from every angle making the fence increasing difficult to find to remove. There is thick bramble, blackthorn and bind weed to contend with along with fallen trees and collapsed fence posts – its not easy going. The guys made great progress though and I roughly estimate we’ve cleared around two thirds of the boundary.
Im not really one for fly fancying but this area of the Haven seems to be jam packed full of interesting Diptra. I saw a number with amazingly bright green eyes, unfortunately they saw me coming with my camera and alluded a photo. The only other interesting sighting was a Clouded Yellow butterfly which was full of energy from the midday sun. It was busy skipping from one Fleabane flower to the other. Unfortunately it too was distant for a photo.