A Cotswold Year - Charting the seasons in the South Cotswolds

Saturday, 13 April 2019

Cotswold Lion

The Cotswold Lion is the iconic sheep  breed of the Cotswold Hills but is no longer so common.
They were bred to produce fine quality wool and also mutton.
These examples were seen near Chedworth.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Spring Woodland Flowers

The Spring Equinox is here and so are the woodland flowers with violets, wood anemones, primroses, and  even the odd early bluebells in bloom.

Friday, 8 March 2019

Kingfishers Nesting

Spring is here and this pair of  Kingfishers are preparing their nest hole and will hopefully raise a brood this year,
The male which has a dark bill does most of the excavation and preparation before mating.
The female has a red lower mandible and normally lays 5 to 7 eggs in the underground nest about 1 metre into the bank

Friday, 18 January 2019


Snowdrops are brightening our part of the Cotswolds as spring continues on the way. They bend over on frosty mornings but soon perk up again as warmer days follow.

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Frosty Morning

 It has been a mild winter so far but this morning's frost gave some lovely wintry scenes along the banks of the Frome and the Stroudwater Navigation

Friday, 21 December 2018

Winter Solstice

The Winter Solstice is here and tonight is longest of the year but Spring is coming soon and the Hazel catkins are already out in the woods.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

 There is still some spectacular autumn colour about in the sunny weather as the beech and oak trees hang on to the last of their leaves.

Autumn into winter

Could be springtime with this bright green tree and planted fields against a stormy sky.
We were walking near Westonbirt in sunshine yesterday but later we drove him me through a snow storm.

Monday, 10 September 2018

Hornet's Nest

Spotted this lovely Hornet's Nest in the woods looking  like an abstract work of art!

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Fallow Deer

The antlers of the fallow deer are now fully developed and most of the soft velvet covering has been shed with a little remaining on this buck.
Antlers will be shed at the end of winter and grow again next year.
Males are starting to mix with females and sparing with each other in preparation for the rut in September.
This herd in Dyrham park are easy to get close to and well worth a visit.