The area around the burnt-out boardwalk and pond-dipping platform is still too wet for machinery to get onto, so it has not yet been possible to make the field safe for livestock and the public. Consequently, the main event of the month, which was the seasonal return of cattle to the Marshes, involved putting all the animals into Tonford Field rather than the Boardwalk Field. Unfortunately, there was an incident on April 25th when a dog, off its lead, frightened the cows into stampeding to the gate under the A2 bridge, which resulted in two animals receiving injuries to head and legs, and two managing to get into the next field.

In a busy area like the Great Stour Way cycle path it is impossible to prevent such incidents altogether, and we can only ask the public to behave responsibly in the vicinity of the cattle, even if they are on the other side of the fence.