Across its broad expanse cows and horses mingle contentedly, nibbling at the grasses. Yarrow, Sorrel and Buttercups flower in the dry pasture; Silverweed and Strawberry Clover in the moist pasture; and in the marsh pasture which is frequently winter-flooded, Water Forget-me-not, Marsh Arrowgrass, and the (very rare) Creeping Marshwort.
Flocks of migrating birds criss-cross the skies above or settle on the river beyond – Wigeon, Teal, Shoveler, Gadwall, Grebe, Heron, and Kingfisher. Flurries of Finches, Starlings and Pied Wagtail sweep in on the breeze.
In the early Spring a shallow lake appears almost overnight as the river spills across its banks – a cue for Barnacle and Canada Geese to join their resident Greylag cousins. In colder weather a natural skating rink is formed, the grass at its edge crisp with frost.