A Cotswold Year - Charting the seasons in the South Cotswolds


Sunday, 23 April 2017

Beech woods in Spring

The delicate green of freshly emerged beech leaves, bluebells underneath and blue sky above. What a magnificent Springtime sight!

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Bluebell Woods


 Happy Easter
Enjoy a walk in the beautiful bluebell woods of the Cotswolds

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Easter Lambs



Lovely to see young lambs in the fields at this time of year.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Kingfisher

Breeding time is here for birds and we watched this male kingfisher excavating his nest hole at Slimbridge today.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Bluebells

Look out for bluebells which are just starting to flower in our local woodland. Soon we should have the great carpets of blue on the woodland floor which is one of the spectacular sights of springtime. Bluebells thrive in ancient woodland where they are left undisturbed.

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.