Beech trees are showing their autumn colours as the leaves start to fall. There were a few sunny intervals today as we walked through the woods above Dursley and they are well worth a visit.
Thursday, 30 October 2014
Sunday, 26 October 2014
Friday, 24 October 2014
Friday, 17 October 2014
Beech does not always produce ripe nuts but in mast years such as this year trees bear thousands of ripe nuts which provide a feast for wildlife.
We seem to be crunching over nuts everywhere on our woodland walks and even in the garden. It is not clear why mast years occur but weather may be a factor
Tuesday, 7 October 2014
Teasels were used in textile processing many years ago. The seed heads made a natural comb for woollen cloth where they were used to raise the nap. Nowadays teasels have been replaced by metal cards but seeing them growing in the countryside reminds us of years gone by. Today they provide a useful source of food for small birds like the Goldfinch.
Monday, 6 October 2014
Their aim is to recreate the historic parkland landscape and to encourage the rare lesser horseshoe bats which are already present in the park.
Friday, 3 October 2014
Monday, 29 September 2014
Saturday, 27 September 2014
Thursday, 18 September 2014
Then measured the juice and boiled it with the appropriate amount of sugar until setting point was reached.