A little off-topic, but this is where I have been for the past week: on the edge of the Gann Estuary. It’s a water haven to almost rival Wilden Marsh Nature Reserve. I went along, across, and around the Gann Estuary in Dale; once with Gill and then with Dave. The video below shows some elements of these journeys:

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Mini Moo shows me where her calf is hidden, yesterday, and then introduces it to the herd. I have it on very good authority that Mini Moo has not been anywhere near a bull.

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I went out onto the marsh yesterday to see how the cattle were doing (Sunday 4th July) after moving them the short distance from the Swamp into Northern Corridor and Hoo Brook Corral on Saturday. It rained hard overnight and throughout the day, but there were dry spells. We had a few heavy rainstorms, but nothing horrendous to get excited over. It is usually always more sensible to take precautions during daylight than have someone out moving the herd in the middle of the night if an emergency develops. The River Stour can flood within a few hours if the rain is heavy and continuous enough upstream.

The weather on Sunday, in between the rain, was what I call threatening, so I went out on the marsh in shirt sleeves; it was that warm, and of course, the rain fell with a vengeance. Even though soaked to the skin, head to toe, I felt pleasantly warm – an experience to savour, then?

This video shows how happy and pleased the marsh, its cattle and I were to have the opportunity of frolicking in the pouring summer rain. After all, hot sun and clear summer days will return quickly – we all need water to function efficiently.

I made this video in two parts for fear of rambling on for too long. Part 2 gives an initial insight into the life and function of North Pasture and perhaps its relevance in today’s apparently ecologically minded political climate; after all, Wilden Marsh is no longer a working farm, but its ecology does have a place in today’s busy world. There are those that feel Wilden Marsh and its surrounding area would better serve the local community and our economy if its use was changed to allow residential and industrial estates to be built on it. The question is always: How do we prevent our green and protected areas and spaces from being developed for residential and industrial uses to the detriment of both our rare and common wildlife? This is the perpetual question to which I am always searching for an answer.

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The cattle need moving to higher ground; not far: from down there in the Swamp, to up here in the Northern Corridor and Hoo Brook Corral. The move could be easy or a real pain if the cattle decide to run further into the Swamp. Yesterday evening, in preparation, I separated the two Galloways from the herd and secured them in Hoo Brook Corridor to keep the rest of the cattle at the north end of the Swamp until it was time for the move this morning. Here is how it went:

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Magpies and blackbirds were the most frequent visitors to the latrine sandbank yesterday. I think the otter came down from the riverbank because there was a two square metre patch of flattened vegetation midway along the top of the bank when I arrived this morning, and an obvious route down to the latrine sandbank.

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