A Cotswold Year - Charting the seasons in the South Cotswolds

Sunday 29 December 2013


The goldcrest is Britain's smallest bird and is usually seen flitting about in small flocks in trees so we were surprised to find this one on the ground sunning itself  near a yew hedge. It soon flew off into a nearby holly bush.

Thursday 26 December 2013

Winter wetland birds

Lovely bright sunny day today so we were off to Slimbridge for some superb winter birding. Thousands of Golden Plover ,Lapwing and Wigeon with plenty of Bewick Swans to see. An amazing spectacle and well worth a visit.

Tuesday 24 December 2013

Merry Christmas to all

Merry Christmas or Winter Festival whatever you like to call it.
Lovely winter sunshine here in Coaley after the recent storms.

Saturday 21 December 2013

Happy Winter Solstice

Winter solstice is traditionally a time of feasting and merrymaking as we have reached the darkest time of the year and now the days will start to increase in length. Signs of springtime to come are already there with hazel catkins forming and bulbs of snowdrop and daffodil pushing up through the earth so Happy Solstice!

Tuesday 17 December 2013

Trees in Winter

The stark beauty of trees in winter when all the leaves have gone is a joy of this season. Emerging from the fog we can admire the structure and delicate tracery of the branches.

Friday 13 December 2013

Polo Ponies

Horses are popular in our area and there seems to be no shortage on money to spend on them. These polo ponies make a fine sight in the winter sunshine.

Sunday 8 December 2013

Beech Woods in Winter

Now that almost all the beech leaves have fallen the woods are much more open and what sunlight there is reaches the woodland floor. Distant views have opened up again and without the canopy of leaves it seems a very different place here.

Monday 2 December 2013

Winter Oak Trees

Back from a week away and there are far fewer leaves on the trees now but as always the oak trees hang on to theirs after most have lost them.