Our local nature reserve has a small artificially-lined pond that is rapidly drying up because there hasn’t been much rain. This is surrounded by a very wide expanse of well-mown grass! A narrow margin around the whole site remains untended with tall grasses and cow parsley. A roughly circular area to the far end of the site has been allowed to grow naturally – at least so far this summer (I can remember one year when a village resident who had never heard of biodiversity or considered the meaning of “nature reserve”, thought he was doing a good turn by bringing in a mower to “tidy up” the nature reserve and cleared away every vestige of wild vegetation down to the ground. It took a long time to recover). In this remaining wild area there is an abundance of beautiful wild flowers right now. I feel happy that I was able to walk the short distance needed to take these pictures. It lifted my spirits to see them. I think my favourite is the Ladies Bedstraw with its fragrant clusters of small yellow flowers that at one time in history were collected and dried for stuffing straw mattresses.