A Cotswold Year - Charting the seasons in the South Cotswolds


Thursday, 16 February 2017

Spring migration approaches

 We enjoy the spectacle of overwintering birds taking advantage our relatively mild climate but it will soon be time for them to leave. Today we had fine views of 100 Bewick swans and 146 Whitefront Geese on the Dumbles at Slimbridge together with lapwing dunlin and golden plover.
There is much to enjoy in winter!

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Winter flowers

 Winter aconites and snowdrops are flowering everywhere at the moment, with even a little snow to show them off this morning.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Misty Days



 
High pressure in winter brings misty dull days but lovely views when the mist clears.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Catkins and Snowdrops



Winter is not over yet but Spring is round the corner and the first signs are appearing with the early snowdrops flowering and hazel catkins emerging.


Thursday, 29 December 2016

Walking off Christmas

After Christmas we have had beautiful sunshine and time to get out with family to enjoy the countryside. Here walking around Uley Bury hillfort with views towards the Severn Valley and the hills of South Wales.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Redwings

Large numbers of Redwings have arrived over the past week or so and have been busy stripping the trees of their berries.
These thrushes spend the summer in the conifer forests of northern Europe and migrate to our warmer climes in the winter.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Winter Sunshine

We have enjoyed some beautiful sunny days and frosty nights recently but the sun is low in the winter sky and where it does not rise above the hill the fields remain white.

Monday, 7 November 2016

Bewick Swans Return

 Colder weather brings the return of the Bewick Swans from their summer breeding grounds of Siberia to our relatively balmy climate.
Numbers have been dropping in recent years and the WWT Flight of the Swans campaign aims to bring the attention of communities along the migration route to the plight of the Bewick Swans.
Let's hope they are successful in saving these beautiful for future generations.

https://www.flightoftheswans.org/

Sunday, 6 November 2016

First Frost


The first frost of Winter whitened the fields this morning and will be the beginning of the end of many of our summer garden plants.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Coaley Wood in Autumn

 Autumn colours are beautiful throughout the local woodlands as we saw on our late afternoon stroll