Quite unlike Saturday, the park was absolutely full of bodies when I arrived on Sunday, yesterday. There were a group of four eastern Europeans having a quiet picnic next to the curving path next to Waterman's Walk and when I arrived at the green there were dozens of people enjoying themselves. Another group of eastern Europeans were enjoying a spirited football game and there were couples watching them and individuals sitting in the sun reading books. The atmosphere was very good, with everyone in great spirits.
Left is a close-up of an Honesty flower (Lunaria annua) which is spreading happily throughout the woodland and ecological park. The flowers will be present until June, after which the oval-shaped translucent seed pods will remain, if they aren't taken by flower arrangers!
New since Saturday were red campions, which had come into flower in a corner of the ecological park where I had been standing only the day before and elsewhere (bugle, white comfrey and ground ivy).
An unexpected patch of primroses, quite extensive, had probably been there for a few days but I had missed them, and they look lovely in amongst the cowslips.
I saw several squirrels but no foxes.
There were the same mixture of insects as on Saturday, including speckled-wood butterflies, one of which I rescued out of Stave Hill Pond with the aid of a long stick, and three peacock butterflies, one of which looked as though it had already had a hard life.
The ponds were much as they had been on Saturday. There was a lone moorhen on Dowtown Pond, I saw lots of fish and pond skaters at Stave Hill Pond, where there were also a pair of mallards and there was the usual mix of mallards, coots, and moorhens on Globe Pond, with two Canada geese in evidence.
Biennial or perennial
Perennial or biennial