The Grass snake is also known by some as the ringed or water snake. We didn't realise this until researching this snake after seeing this one whilst out with the warden at Slimbridge WWT the other day. Apparently grass snakes are often found near fresh water and feed most on amphibians.
Saturday, 24 September 2016
Tuesday, 20 September 2016
Saturday, 10 September 2016
On a recent walk around Westonbirt Arboretum we didn't see many autumn colours but a certain sign of autumn we did find were the autumn crocus which were showing well in the Silk Wood.
On Thursday the Tour of Britain passed through our area. It was a lovely sunny day as they cycled by and the crowds were out to enjoy the spectacle!
Monday, 29 August 2016
We counted around 300 mostly house martins on the wires near a local farm as they paused on their journey south. An hour or so later there were none left.
Saturday, 27 August 2016
Willow Beauty are apparently quite common and often rest on tree trunks you can see how well camouflaged they would be. Flight season is correct and can be attracted by lights at night. Also we have plenty of woodland nearby with suitable food plants for the larva such as Broad-leaf trees, Ivy and Honeysuckle.
Friday, 26 August 2016
Pheasants normally nest earlier in the year so I was surprised to find this nest with 18 eggs when weeding our borders. Sadly the bird did not like being discovered and seems to have abandoned the nest
Wednesday, 17 August 2016
Last night was a hot sunny evening with not a breath of wind when we heard a crack and the tree suddenly split up the trunk and fell over the path.
Just shows how unpredictable trees can be!
Saturday, 6 August 2016
Monday, 1 August 2016
This black tailed godwit is still in Summer plumage but has left its marshy breeding grounds to spend the winter on coastal grassland and muddy estuaries such as our local Severn estuary.
The winter plumage will be a lot more drab than this brightly coloured bird.