Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Brean Down Way - 10th May

The Brean Down Way is a new walk from Weston to Brean Down now made possible with the opening of the sluice gate on the path near the sewage treatment works. We have walked this path many times but have only been able to walk as far as the sluice gate as it has been locked.
This is now a superb walk through the nature reserves of Uphill and Bleadon and then on to the sand dunes of Brean and the rocky cliffs of Brean Down. A beautiful part of Somerset countryside packed with flora and fauna and a lovely 11 mile trek.
Impressive numbers of Whitethroats, Sedge Warblers and Reed Buntings along the way. Skylarks taking to the sky singing their hearts out and Linnets flying from field to field.
A good few Green Winged Orchids still on the hill at Uphill though not for long as the cows were let into the field just as we left. A cold strong breeze was blowing as we climbed the hill to the church so no butterflies to be seen. However in the churchyard itself we found several Wall dancing amongst the gravestones!
A brilliant walk, can't wait to do it again.

    Little Egret from the screen     

                   The dunes at Brean

   Looking towards Brean Down

                   Shelducks high on the cliffs

   Summer flora bursting forth!


    Summer meadow looking towards Uphill Church


   Plenty of Whitethroats all along the walk


   Uphill Church

                   Reed Bunting

   Green winged Orchids in their many colours











                  The hill covered in Orchids and Cowslips

                  St Nicholas church 

   Beautiful wildlife haven

                   Wall Brown

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