SUNDAY 20th March 2011 – 21:00: There was more than the usual bird activity at the north end of the marsh today; I wonder if the reason is something to do with all the toads that seem to be having such a marvellous time in amongst the north pond reeds. I took a few photographs, but they didn’t all turn out as well as I had hoped – some days it works, and on other days it just won’t come right.
Rare breed cattle graze the marsh and they are moved to different areas, as needed. Apparently, the cattle love eating Himalayan Balsam, and they are a very feisty bunch. I think that the large black cow is the herd leader and she keeps the other cows in order by jabbing them in the ribs with those long sharp horns of her’s – it seems to do the trick, too. As soon as they set eyes on someone, they are quickly bounding along to investigate. If you are not used to cows, it can be a bit disconcerting to see these old girls rushing towards you – they don’t moo like regular cows: they bellow very loudly.