The Common is looking glorious: if you stand with your back to the fence round the bare earth (the grass will soon grow). Lack of cows means that grasses and buttercups are waist high this year.
The sunny spring has meant a profusion of small tortoiseshell butterflies, and many caterpillars are now feasting on the nettle patches. Dragon flies – particularly Banded demoiselles and damselfly are already looking for flies. Looking down from the footbridge, you can see Bream spawning on the tree roots, now speckled with tiny pale eggs, just under the surface of the water (they only do this for a short time, so look today!)
– Pete, Friend of Stourbridge Common, Wednesday, 21st May 2014.