In one field Matt had sown a mixture of annual plants bearing seeds, designed to attract winter birds, and I made that my initial target.
How successful the project had been in terms of birds I have no idea. By now the crops lay flattened and the low-lying land - a heavy clay - was now very wet. I picked my way across the field with caution. My haul included a few spiders and half a dozen spiders, together with a couple of flat-backed millipedes. I also recorded a tiny (4 mm) beetle, which later proved to be Bembidion lunulatum, new to Foxhill Farm.
The annuals grown here were now all flattened and dead. Foxhill Farm,
Badby, Northants. 6 February, 2019
A few uprooted stumps had been left to decay. Foxhill Farm, Badby.
6 February, 2019