A Cotswold Year - Charting the seasons in the South Cotswolds


Monday, 14 April 2014

Bats in the Twilight

Lovely sunset yesterday and whilst looking west for the first time this year there were Bats chasing each other in the twilight.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Sunny Views of Berkeley Vale

A sunny Sunday with a steady cool breeze brought out at least 15 paragliders to enjoy the conditions on Coaley Peak.
Excellent visibility across the vale too with no heat haze and patches of yellow oil seed rape showing up in the sunshine.
We enjoyed an ice cream each and enjoyed the views.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Woodland flowers

It is a beautiful time in our local woodland now with the trees just starting to burst into leaf and the ground covered in wood anemones and bluebells.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Pasture ploughed

 The pasture near our home has not been ploughed in over 30 years that we have lived here so we were sad to see it sprayed and ploughed. 
We understand that the field is to be drilled with maize a forage crop used to feed cattle later in the year. Maize is much more nutritious than grass for forage and also less critical in terms of when it can be harvested so makes good sense to farmers as our weather gets less and less reliable.
We will miss seeing the cattle in the field though.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Kingfisher

The Kingfishers are busy excavating nest holes and preparing to raise their young. Recent years  with cold winters have seen  a reduction in their numbers so let's hope for a successful breeding season this year.
This bird is resting having had a quick wash and preen after emerging from the nest hole in the bank behind.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Wild Daffodils

The soil of the Cotswold Scarp does not favour wild daffodils which do not tolerate lime. However it is a different story just across the Severn near Newent where they grow well. Unfortunately modern farming and soil improvement has brought an end to the vast fields of flowers which used to bring people from far and wide to view and pick the flowers but there are plenty left in the woods, orchards  field margins and and verges where they give a spectacular display for a few weeks at this time.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Spring Equinox

 Today is the Spring Equinox so days will now be longer than nights and spring is well and truly here.
The banks are full of primroses and spring lambs are in the fields.


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Saturday, 15 March 2014

Hawthorn

Hawthorn hedges are bursting into leaf, particularly the younger plants

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Sunshine after foggy mornings

High pressure has brought an end to the rain for a while and the sun has come out when the fog eventually clears.

Monday, 3 March 2014

Common Crane

Spring is in the air and the birds are pairing up like this noisy pair of cranes at Slimbridge WWT. These birds were part of the Crane Reintroduction Project and were released in Somerset but some make their way back to Slimbridge and  will hopefully breed in the wild.