A Cotswold Year - Charting the seasons in the South Cotswolds


Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Blackthorn

Spring is here as we pass the equinox and days are longer than the nights. The blackthorn blossom is turning the hedges white as the flowers emerge before the leaves.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Primrose in bloom


It really is feeling like Spring is here with banks of primroses in flower and the hawthorn bursting into leaf.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Limestone Grassland

 The National Trust's Belted Galloway cattle are doing a grand job clearing the grassland so we can enjoy orchids and other wildflowers this summer.

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.