Spring arrived at last after a very wet though mild winter. Butterflies such as Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and Small White were seen out about in the sunny days in April looking to feed on nectar from early flowering plants. Queen Bumblebees newly awoken from their hibernation buzzed around prospecting for nest sites. All the birds began to sing in the gardens and hedgerows and migrating birds reached our shores once again to bring a new generation into the world. Generally the natural world burst into life lifting the spirits, making us feel good to be alive.  Every project we undertake improves the ecology 3CG is a partnership for Nature and People – nature can’t do without us and we can’t do without nature.



Cleresden Meadow has produced spectacular results although one may be forgiven for thinking that it is just a sea of Ox-eye Daisies. Closer inspection reveals many other species of wildflowers coming through which are being recorded and photographed as they come into bloom. These provide nectar and pollen for a whole host of beneficial insects as well as looking absolutely fab. Each year it will go on getting better and better.


The warm sunny weather has brought out the butterflies and a welcome immigrant from the Continent, the rather splendid Painted Lady, photographed in Cleresden Meadow this month. and the Beaked Hawksbeard proves an irresistible source of nectar for the Red-Tailed bumblebee.





Our latest news is that we have a new Trustee. Shirley has retired from the Board after giving us long years of devoted service as our Treasurer. She will be greatly missed but still remains a loyal and enthusiastic 3CG member with her husband, Ben. Our grateful thanks go to her for all her hard work. Gill Palmer, a long-time member, has gamely come forward as a Trustee in Shirley’s place (although I’m stuck with doing the accounts!) and we welcome her warmly. She will be a great asset to the group.



A few weeks ago, Portsmouth Estates contacted me to say a toad had been seen in Lord Portsmouth’s wine cellar. So off I went to Farleigh House with a suitable receptacle and rescued it. Some people don’t like toads (don’t know why) but this one was quite beautiful with a silky skin and jewel-like eyes. We re-homed it in a quiet corner of the meadow and it soon nestled down among the dead leaves – exceedingly well camouflaged.