Monday, 31 March 2014

Herepath in reverse 29/3/14

An early start again saw us set off from the Neroche car park 8:30 am for the start of the 12.5 mile Herepath walk.  We decided to walk it in reverse which in fact made it seem a different walk. 
A walk of many different landscapes from woodland, forest, field ,open glades and once again the route did not disappoint with views and a variety of flora and fauna.
Highlights were Red legged Partridge, Yellowhammer, Jays, Buzzard, and the beautiful sight and song of Skylarks.
Quite a few Brimstone butterflies on the sunny woodland rides as well as a single White and Peacock and Comma's.
Every where is really 'greening' up with an increase of wild flowers including Primroses, Celandines, Stitchwort, and even a few Bluebells.  Amazed to see some leaves of the Early Purple Orchids fully through.
A lovely sunny and warm Spring day out with nature, pure therapy on the hoof!

Lake within the forest.  A buzzard was perched on the dead tree until we scared it

The sun starting to break through the trees - the woodland alive with bird song

Red legged Partridge - one of a pair seen along the field edge. Thought they were rabbits until closer inspection with binoculars! We have never seen partridges in the UK before so it was a great start to the walk.  Lovely birds with beautiful colours.

Yellowhammer - stunning vibrant yellow just sitting and calling from the top of the hedgerow. First one seen in Somerset and the first seen for a few years.

Plenty of early Spring wildflowers from Celandines, Primroses, Stitchwort, Violets and already signs of Bluebells as well as the leaves of the Early Purple Orchid. I must admit these leaves are the biggest I have ever seen - will the plant produce a hefty mutant flower?

Starling - in its glossy prime

First showing of Bluebells - has the mild Spring brought them on earlier?

Lesser Celandine - great swathes of striking yellow this year brightening up the verges and woodlands.

Bee-fly - the first time I have seen one of these insects and fascinating to watch it feed on the nectar of the primrose.

Peacock butterfly - they look so dark and large in flight, what a picture of perfection when they land.

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