MORTON BRICK TRAIN DTNFC WALK. Tues. 19th June. Jill Cunningham
After a dowsing of rain at Abbey Rd, 17 of us met up at Morton Park to walk through the narrow strip of nature area to the Brick Train. This was landscaped, planted and seeded soon after the sculpture and has grown and naturalised over the 20yrs. Despite its small size its hedgerows, marsh and calcareous slopes packed a mass of plant species including Bristly Ox-tongue and many sedges. Chiffchaff, wrens and blackbirds were in song and Bird Cherry trees were draped in caterpillar nests – the Cherry Ermine stripping some bare. Away from the hum of traffic, the adjacent rough field gave us a yet another habitat with a swathe of False Fox Sedge and Skylark, (plus sodden trouser bottoms and boots!), but well worth the visit. In all 160 plant species were noted, 14 bird species and over 20 insects/galls.