A meadow is a different place at night. The hum of bees is replaced by the hum of midges, and a totally different suite of animals come out to forage. Slugs and snails are abundant, one of the reasons why slow-worm do so well in this habitat. At this time of the year newts are also common here, with three smooth newts observed clambering over the plant stems this evening in a surprisingly three dimensional way.
They do well in this habitat because it offers shelter from desiccation and predators. The base of the lawn is surprisingly Read the rest of this entry »