A Cotswold Year - Charting the seasons in the South Cotswolds

Friday, 18 January 2019


Snowdrops are brightening our part of the Cotswolds as spring continues on the way. They bend over on frosty mornings but soon perk up again as warmer days follow.

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Frosty Morning

 It has been a mild winter so far but this morning's frost gave some lovely wintry scenes along the banks of the Frome and the Stroudwater Navigation

Friday, 21 December 2018

Winter Solstice

The Winter Solstice is here and tonight is longest of the year but Spring is coming soon and the Hazel catkins are already out in the woods.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

 There is still some spectacular autumn colour about in the sunny weather as the beech and oak trees hang on to the last of their leaves.

Autumn into winter

Could be springtime with this bright green tree and planted fields against a stormy sky.
We were walking near Westonbirt in sunshine yesterday but later we drove him me through a snow storm.

Monday, 10 September 2018

Hornet's Nest

Spotted this lovely Hornet's Nest in the woods looking  like an abstract work of art!

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Fallow Deer

The antlers of the fallow deer are now fully developed and most of the soft velvet covering has been shed with a little remaining on this buck.
Antlers will be shed at the end of winter and grow again next year.
Males are starting to mix with females and sparing with each other in preparation for the rut in September.
This herd in Dyrham park are easy to get close to and well worth a visit.

Friday, 3 August 2018

Wheat Harvest

Summer rolls on and harvesting of winter wheat has begun and the combine harvesters have been busy as this field in Nympsfield shows.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Mid Summer Orchids

We visited Selsley common, near Stroud today where we found many different wild orchids including this Bee orchid. These remarkable flowers mimic the appearance of a bee on the flower and produces a scent similar to a female bee to encourage a male to land when pollen is deposited on it's back. 

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Duke of Burgundy

The Duke of Burgundy butterfly is the only European species of the Riodinidae family which is more prevalent in tropical regions. This small butterfly usually flies in May and early June and we were fortunate to see around 12 on Rodborough Common.
Numbers have much reduced over recent years but the back from the brink project hopes to conserve the species