For me, one of the town's most attractive features is the amount of open space it offers. I fear that pressure will mount for these green areas to be built over, but at the present we need to appreciate it.
The start of my walk is not something to gladden the heart - unless you regard small factory units as aesthetically pleasing. The southern end of South Way is flanked on both sides by dozens of such units, together providing employment for a great many people, but beautiful it ain't, and my camera was not called into action.
My chosen route took me along a footpath along the western edge of Southbrook parallel with South Way and lined with Italian Alders, Alnus cordata. I looked in vain for Alder Tongue, Taphrina alni, a fungus affecting the cone-like female inflorescences but found none. What I did find however was an interesting leaf-mine with a distinctive circular blotch.
The distinctive leaf-mine of the sawfly Heterarthrus vagans on Italian Alder.
Southbrook, Daventry. 23 October, 2018