Whilst looking at the differences between the rushes we noticed many spiders web hanging between, a number of species were found such as: the Four-spot Orb Weaver Araneus quadratus, Marbled Orb Weaver Araneus marmoreus var pyramidatus, Furrow Spider Larinioides cornutus and the Lesser Garden Spider Metellina segmentata.
The Common is a good place to look for mosses, with three types of Polytrichum found: P.formosum, P.commune, P.juniperinum along with three types of Sphagnum mosses: S.fimbriatum, S.squarrosum, S.palustre.
On arrival at the flower pond we found that it was much drier than last year, however two of the species we’d hoped to find there from last year were found – Marsh St.John’s-wort & Marsh Speedwell, despite much searching disappointingly Shoreweed could not be found – one of the new species that was added to the species list last year. A Common Frog greeted us on arrival and sat quietly allowing close views and photographs. During September the last of this years frogs are dispersing from the ponds (with dispersal starting as early as June). After the breeding season adults can be found hiding in damp vegetation as they start to look for places to hibernate for throughout the winter.