A Cotswold Year - Charting the seasons in the South Cotswolds

Friday, 19 December 2014


As Christmas approaches it is traditional in this country to go out looking for greenery to decorate our homes. After a mild autumn there are still many berries in the countryside around here for the birds which means that holly berries have been left so far. We have found some lovely holly berries in Coaley Wood and are keeping them cool place until Christmas Eve arrives.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Food for the Birds

The hedgerow berries are plentiful this autumn and the birds are able to take advantage of the abundant food like this redwing feeding on hawthorn near Coaley Peak.
Redwings are winter visitors which arrive in large numbers from their breeding grounds in Northern European forests.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Woodland Walks

Beautiful sunny weather made for a great walk in the woods yesterday as the bare trees let in the sunlight.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Winter Trees

Now most of the trees have lost their leaves the delicate tracery of their shape is revealed dramatically on foggy days when they are silhouetted  against the mist.

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Cattle in the Mud

Late autumn in the Uley valley and this hardy herd of black cattle are still living out in the fields. These cattle do well in the open countryside with their tough coats but do need supplementary feeding as the grass grows only very slowly in the winter which results in some mud around their feed creeps. These young cattle seemed happy enough in the sunshine as we passed by on our walk.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Misty Days

We have had a few damp foggy days lately but today was brighter and the sun broke through giving some fine views at times.

Monday, 24 November 2014

First frost

A wintry feel to the weather this morning as the first frost turns the fields white and freezing fog forms in the Severn Vale.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Afternoon Sun

When the morning fog clears we are still getting some bright autumn sunshine with long shadows as the sun gets low in the sky.

Friday, 14 November 2014

Bewick Swans

The weather is still relatively mild but winter is approaching. A sure sign is the arrival of Bewick Swans from Siberia. They are later than normal this year but around 20 were present at Slimbridge today.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Oaks by the Severn

Most deciduous trees have shed their leaves by now but the oak always hangs on to them a bit longer as shown by these lovely trees reflected in the Severn near Haw Bridge.