A Cotswold Year - Charting the seasons in the South Cotswolds


Thursday, 22 June 2017

Marbled White Butterfly

The uncut long grass of meadows near our home are alive with butterflies at the moment including the Marbled White pictured. We also saw large numbers of Meadow Brown, Ringlet and large Skipper although getting close enough for a good picture before they fly off is a challenge.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Bullfinch

Over the years the species of birds visiting our feeders have changed.
Sadly gone are the once common Greenfinch but Bullfinch are welcome new visitors and this lovely pair are becoming regulars.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Bee Orchid


Yesterday we spent a lovely morning on Rodborough Common with our local RSPB group looking for butterflies. At present the common is covered with many different species of Orchids and other wild flowers. We were delighted to spot this amazing Bee Orchid in the limestone grassland, many Common Fragrant both in pink and white as well as Pyramid and Twayblade Orchids.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Wood garlic

Spring colours have been at the best this week. The wood garlic flowers carpet the woodland floor as the beech trees come into leaf. All too soon the leaf canopy will blot out the light and the woodland floor will die back.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Roe deer in grassland

 Roe deer usually hide in the woodland but when grass is allowed to grow longer for hay or silage they are attracted into the fields. They like to graze in grass where other animals have not been and can often be seen in the early morning.


Sunday, 23 April 2017

Beech woods in Spring

The delicate green of freshly emerged beech leaves, bluebells underneath and blue sky above. What a magnificent Springtime sight!

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Bluebell Woods


 Happy Easter
Enjoy a walk in the beautiful bluebell woods of the Cotswolds

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Easter Lambs



Lovely to see young lambs in the fields at this time of year.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Kingfisher

Breeding time is here for birds and we watched this male kingfisher excavating his nest hole at Slimbridge today.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Bluebells

Look out for bluebells which are just starting to flower in our local woodland. Soon we should have the great carpets of blue on the woodland floor which is one of the spectacular sights of springtime. Bluebells thrive in ancient woodland where they are left undisturbed.