A footpath crosses some rather nice hay meadows just before the slope rises up to Williamscot. I was pleased to get my feet wet as I jogged along the path. The fields are still somewhat "wet" meadows, and thus better for moisture-loving plants and wildlife. Flower-rich meadows are something of rarity locally, where most pasture is heavily improved and grazed. Managed under a "Higher Level Stewardship"agreement, the farmer is doing a great job and wildlife benefits from some protection for the short term at least.
The meadows are yellow-splattered with buttercups. Yellow rattle is just coming into bloom. I photographed this field last year about the same time (you can tell they weren't taken this week as there is blue sky and the sun is shining).