Late April in the Thames water meadows near Cricklade is the time to see a spectacular display of snake's head fritillary which fill the fields for a few weeks.This plant is an endangered species in the wild but flowers profusely in these fields. The bulbs like waterlogged conditions in the winter and the Thames floods here so conditions are ideal.
Sunday, 12 April 2015
Wednesday, 8 April 2015
One of the first is the wood anemone which is blooming profusely at the moment and a few early bluebells can also be spotted.
Tuesday, 7 April 2015
This bird was fortunate in that I was able to open the stove and release it apparently unharmed but many are not so lucky.
Thursday, 2 April 2015
Cuckoo Flower or Lady's Smock is now suddenly in flower in hedgerows and banks.
Its arrival in early April coincides with the arrival of the Cuckoo whose song marks the arrival of spring.
The sound of the Cuckoo is becoming increasingly rare in our area as numbers have declined in recent years.
Tuesday, 31 March 2015
Monday, 23 March 2015
Cotswold sheep are a very old breed of sheep which is good for wool and meat production. They are thought by some to have been in this area when or even before the Romans arrived.
The word "Cotswold" may have come from the sheep cotes or folds which ancient farmers built on the windswept hills or wolds in the area and so it is probably the sheep that gave the Cotswolds it's name.
So it is nice to see that our local farmer still has some Cotswold sheep. The black lamb belongs to another ewe so don't be fooled!
Sunday, 22 March 2015
Another feature of the Coltsfoot is that the flowers come first and as they go over then the leaves appear.
Friday, 20 March 2015
We were also treated to a partial solar eclipse and went to Coaley Peak for a better view of the sky where many others were gathered to view the spectacle. The sun was 85% obscured by the moon and the light dimmed just enough to fool some of the birds into starting to roost.
Thursday, 19 March 2015
Saturday, 14 March 2015
Limousin cattle come originally from France large numbers being brought here in the 1960s as they calve easily and produce excellent beef for the table.
The youngsters look pretty too!