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.

(Please click on the image below to watch the video)


  1. The answer to your question is, I think, to raise awareness of how precious the marsh is. Then if/when moves are made to build on it there will be a better chance of mobilising a resistance. There will always be pressure to build more houses but a line has to be drawn to protect special wildlife areas. Otherwise, ultimately, we will have no wildlife left at all. Somehow we need to get the public to agree. Your photos and videos provide an excellent argument for this, but do they really reach the general public I wonder?


    • I don’t think this site does much to raise general awareness, Geo. The FaceBook page might be better at raising local awareness. There are are also the other platforms: Twitter and Instagram.


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