A Cotswold Year - Charting the seasons in the South Cotswolds

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Limestone grassland in summer

 Limestone grassland on Uley bury is at it's most spectacular at the moment with common spotted and pyramid orchids flowering in profusion.

Marbled White Butterfly

We visited Daneway Banks Reserve to search for Large Blue butterflies without success but we were rewarded by the sight of many Marbled White butterflies roosting in the grassland of the reserve.
This striking black and white butterfly thrives in the natural limestone grassland of the reserve and is usually seen in June and July.

Monday, 20 June 2016

Summer Solstice

Summer solstice is here and we had hoped for a sunset picture on the longest day but sadly a band of cloud obscured the sun. The sky was still spectacular as the sun set at it's most northerly point.
It is a leap year the solstice date is a day early.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Goldfinch Fledged

We are starting to see young birds around the garden as they fledge and leave the nest. These lovely two Goldfinch chicks were begging for food this morning.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Roe Deer in the grass

In the springtime we often spot Roe deer in the long grass in this field during early morning, usually two but this morning three, a male and two females.
Roe deer usually live in woodland. They also venture into fields to graze young tender grass and apparently prefer "clean" grass, freshly washed by rain or in fields without livestock.
This field has been left to grow for silage by the farmer and the grass is now quite long making the deer better camouflaged.

Saturday, 14 May 2016


The hedgerows are now starting to be white with hawthorn blossom temperatures increase. The blossom also called May is associated with springtime celebrations but traditionally not brought into the home as it is said to smell of death and bring bad luck.

Monday, 25 April 2016

Wood Garlic

Wood Garlic is out in the woods right now and we have found many culinary uses including these delicious Cheese and Wild Garlic scones. 

The flowers are very pretty and useful to flavour and decoration recipes.
Make the most of it as the season is quite short.

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Swallows arriving

They say one swallow does not make a summer but there is far more than one around.
Large numbers are arriving or migrating through at the moment.

Friday, 15 April 2016

Passing migrants

Spring is migration season and this year brought some different species to our bird feeders.
We have very much enjoyed seeing a flock of Redpoll and Siskin from our kitchen window

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Cotswold Bluebell Woods

 Coaley Wood is looking good as the bluebells and wood anemones are carpeting the woodland floor.
Its a great time to get out and enjoy the springtime spectacle.