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.
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.
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.
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.