Remember, remember the Fifth of November, the Gunpowder Treason and Plot.
5th November 2011: The marsh water level has risen significantly over the past week. The Shetland cattle have moved from the north end of the marsh. The River Stour water level is high. A large amount of flotsam and jetsam (rubbish) has moved down-stream with the swollen waters. I have said it before, and I will say it again: it never ceases to amaze me the variety and quantity of rubbish that floats down the River Stour when the waters rise. This time there was a large liquefied gas cylinder with the usual array of multi-coloured and clear plastic bottles, drums, footballs, traffic cones and goodness knows what else.
I must say that I am happy to see the pools of standing water on the marsh, and the water in the drainage ditches creeping up to the weirs.
I haven’t seen a rabbit on the marsh for a couple of months. What has happened to them? Have the foxes eaten them all? I haven’t seen or heard a muntjac or a fox on the marsh for a while, either. I have seen foxes and badgers in Hoo Wood. I think it’s time to put my camera traps out again; without them, I have lost touch with the night-time wildlife activity.
Mallards, herons and buzzards are the most visible animals on the marsh at the moment.
There were herons in the North Pond this morning; they saw or heard my approach and flew away. I did manage to get a photo of a heron in the lightning tree, though.
Tonight we celebrate the fact that Guy Fawkes, a Catholic terrorist, failed to blow up our Houses of Parliament and King James Ist, the Protestant King of England, on November 5th 1605. So we build large bonfires throughout the UK, onto which we hurl effigies of Guy Fawkes, and let-off lots of fireworks in his honor. Also, it has become the custom for some people, and I’m not one of them, to launch Chinese lanterns into the sky – some of these fall on the marsh.
Some of the photographs I took today are in the slide show below: