Since my Boxing Day post we have had several damp or rainy days, which until today still hadn't made a lot of difference to the lack of water on the reserve.
However, early this morning we had 4-5 hours of steady and moderate rain that really has made a difference, at last a couple of the driest places on the reserve were holding some water. Below is the wide, shallow fleet that we know as the "S Bend Ditch" because it snakes for several hundred yards across the reserve. This week it has gone from bone dry to wet at last, not wet along it's full length or width and only a couple of inches deep but it's a start and will be of interest to some birds.
Likewise the large scrape in the "Flood Field," it's still only 50% covered in water but it means that now, any future rain will continue to deepen and cover it. There's still a lot of water needed but hopefully we could at last be turning the corner.