Thursday was spent on farmland east of Durham. The day made me appreciate what a wonderful environment north Northumberland can be. The rivers were laden with car tyres, the lanes had there fair share of fly-tipping and the traffic was continuous. Both giant hogweed and Himalayan balsam were in evidence on most watercourses.
Walking the areas of farmland produced a few interesting species including large groups of giant puff-balls, patches of field scabious were in flower on the magnesium limestone, kingfishers were on the Old Durham Beck and there were a good selection of farmland birds on the last farm on the day. These included a corn bunting - a very rare bird in Northumberland now (they may even be extinct as a breeder), tree sparrows, skylarks and lapwings.