BARLOW COMMON, near Barlow village, north-east of Selby, is a pleasant place to stroll
around with Wakefield Naturalists Society, here on their first field meeting of the
summer season this morning.
The local Wildlife Watch Group has been involved in a project to put a rabbit-proof
fence around areas of the common which will now be mown to create a wild flower meadow.
The contrast (in the view, top left) is striking with plants such as Greater Burnet
springing up from what must have been closely nibbled turf until recently.
On one of the pools (centre left) two, then three coots are scrapping with one another,
kicking out at each other in a water fight. No sooner have they settled down than
a heron lands in the water by the edge of the reeds, with a carrion crow in close
pursuit. The crow continues to dive-bomb the heron, which has to keep ducking its
head, for several minutes.