Tottenham Marshes Natural History Walk, Sunday July 7th 10.30am
Some of the wildflowers we could find in the meadows include Bee Orchid, St.John’s Perforate Wort, Field Scabious and several species of Crane’s-bill, and butterflies feeding on them might include Common Blue, Large Skipper, Meadow Brown and Gatekeeper. Let’s hope for a warm day to bring out the dragonflies such as Black-tailed Skimmer, Southern Hawker, Banded Demoiselle and Red-eyed Damsel, a variety of hoverflies and various grasshoppers and crickets. Our summer visiting bird species such as Blackcap, Common Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler will be on family duties whilst our resident species such as Song Thrush, Goldfinch, Chaffinch and Long-tailed Tits may well have young that have already fledged. There is a chance we may see a Sparrow Hawk or Kestrel, both of which have nested on the marshes, and perhaps a pair of Peregrine Falcons which have attempted unsuccessfully to breed during the past couple of years, as in such cases they often remain in the area.
With optional visit afterwards to wonderful Ferry Boat Inn.
Walk leader: David Cottridge, Friends of Tottenham Marshes
Meet: Waterside Centre, Stonebridge Lock, N17 OXD
PS Please note that the visit to Tottenham Town Hall and Isobel Place (new housing development behind town hall) is postponed until the autumn. Details to follow.