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.
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.