The muddy small brook

small brook

The small brook, nowadays mostly hidden from sight underground, and only visible for the last few metres of its journey before it joins the Wom Brook 300m downstream of Bow Bridge, is normally crystal clear. Yesterday morning, it appeared to be discharging muddy water into the Wom Brook in such quantities that the Wom Brook looked positively clean!(See above photo).

This event occurred roughly between 11:00 and 12:00, but this morning the small brook had thankfully reverted to its clear appearance.

If you know what caused this discolouration, please leave a comment below-any form of pollution is a serious matter, as it can adversely affect the wildlife that depends upon the Wom Brook for water.

Drinking and climbing

brook dwelling squirrel

This squirrel could be anywhere-but it was first observed drinking from the muddy waters of the Brook this morning, unperturbed by the human and his dog watching. Throughout the process, even when the human reached for his camera, it continued to drink, watching carefully. As fate would have it, just at the point of taking the photograph, the squirrel decided to scamper at lightning speed up the tree trunk ( above, photographed), returning to the heights and the accompanying  caws of alarmed crows.

January 2010 Tree management(2)

willow branch

Above is one of the trees the Friends Group believe has been identified as requiring pruning in order to make it safe. It has a large elongated lower branch. However such large willow branches have been known to break off, especially during high winds.

It is located by the new railings and next to the pedestrian bridge crossing the Wom Brook, close to Glendale Drive. The photo was taken on Sunday after the previous night’s light snow fall, and before the heavier snow fall which occurred during the early hours of Tuesday, causing disruption to traffic on the dual carriageway and along the Penn Road.

Today work had already been carried out on the oak tree next to Gravel Hill, which was reported to South Staffordshire Council for attention, as a large branch was only partially attached to the main tree trunk, and posed a danger to children who played beneath it.

That report featured in an earlier blog entry, which was erroneously reported  as a willow- it is an oak tree. featured here.