Fritillary Season Approaches

North Meadow Entrance
North Meadow Entrance 20th March

It is still too early to see the snakes head fritillaries and North Meadow is currently flooded and inaccessible. The picture of the entrance taken yesterday shows the current conditions.

It has been a very wet winter with rainfall 45% above average since September last year. Heavy rain at the end of October caused the meadow to flood and water levels have remained high since then.

As the flood water goes down the meadow is a great food source for birds. Large numbers of Little Egrets often 12 or more can be seen from the causeway road feeding in the shallow water. Great White Egrets and Cattle Egrets can also be seen but less frequently and in smaller numbers.

We need a period of dry weather and at this time of year the flooding will quickly recede. If you are planning to visit to see the snakes head fritillaries check fritillary watch again for the latest meadow conditions.