A Cotswold Year - Charting the seasons in the South Cotswolds


Sunday, 6 August 2017

Sweet Chestnut

Came across these lovely old Chestnut trees on an estate near Shipton Moyne whilst out walking last week. Must be hundreds of years old.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Sun and Showers

It is feeling like Autumn already as the rose bay willow herb starts to set seed beneath stormy looking skies.
We managed an early walk with some sunshine before the rain set in.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Crane Chicks


A pair of Cranes released in Somerset as part of the Crane Reintroduction Project have returned to Slimbridge WWT to breed and hatched two chicks this year. Lovely to see these birds living in the wild again.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Marbled White Butterfly

The uncut long grass of meadows near our home are alive with butterflies at the moment including the Marbled White pictured. We also saw large numbers of Meadow Brown, Ringlet and large Skipper although getting close enough for a good picture before they fly off is a challenge.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Bullfinch

Over the years the species of birds visiting our feeders have changed.
Sadly gone are the once common Greenfinch but Bullfinch are welcome new visitors and this lovely pair are becoming regulars.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Bee Orchid


Yesterday we spent a lovely morning on Rodborough Common with our local RSPB group looking for butterflies. At present the common is covered with many different species of Orchids and other wild flowers. We were delighted to spot this amazing Bee Orchid in the limestone grassland, many Common Fragrant both in pink and white as well as Pyramid and Twayblade Orchids.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Wood garlic

Spring colours have been at the best this week. The wood garlic flowers carpet the woodland floor as the beech trees come into leaf. All too soon the leaf canopy will blot out the light and the woodland floor will die back.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Roe deer in grassland

 Roe deer usually hide in the woodland but when grass is allowed to grow longer for hay or silage they are attracted into the fields. They like to graze in grass where other animals have not been and can often be seen in the early morning.


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.

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.