Over the years this particular walk has been one of the more variable in terms of the numbers who turn up – spending a few hours watching birds in a biting wind on a cold winter’s day is not always the most inviting prospect. So I was glad to see that the forecast for this year’s walk was for relatively balmy spring-like weather. My optimistic view was reinforced by the amount of noisily busy bird behaviour we had observed on the previous day’s work party.
This year Naturetale has again run its offer of a day out spotting wild flowers with our team for someone who has bought the app. This year’s winner was Monika Koch of Wild Adventures under Suffolk’s Skies and Stars of Suffolk. Most helpfully, the area around Monika’s base at Aldburgh, Suffolk has some great wild flower locations – and as Monika organises nature walks she knows exactly where these are.
And so it was that Richard and I headed over to Aldburgh (or, more accurately, Snape) on Saturday 6 August. Continue reading →
The morning of Saturday 27 February was cold, dank and a bit dismal – not at all inviting. So naturally 15 people turned out for the 2016 Winter Birds guided walk in Hillhouse Wood, West Bergholt. This was the largest number that I can recall for this walk. It is one of the most variable of the ones I lead, both in terms of what we see and how many attend. One year there was just two of us. I was glad to see that Linda Firmin, Jo’s widow, had turned up, as if there is anything to see she will spot it.
So – the wind has veered to the north, wintery squalls are scudding across the sky, and thus the obvious thing to do is a Trackatree field visit to see how Spring is getting on. And I can report, with no little excitement, that things are stirring in the TrackaTree parts of Hillhouse Wood. Continue reading →
On Saturday I led another nature walk around Hillhouse wood. At least with most of the ‘action’ centring on flowers I knew that there would be something to see – they can’t run, slither, swim or fly away. Continue reading →
After today’s Trackatree visit to Hillhouse Wood someone of my advanced years needed a lie down. Everything in the wood more or less stood still for the first half of March, due to the consistently cold temperatures, which rather took the pressure off my TrackaTree monitoring visits. But you know that, once things warm up a bit, nature will make up for lost time. Continue reading →
So at last Chiffchaffs have fought their way back to Hillhouse Wood – they clearly haven’t found the recent cold and dull weather to be to their liking. Me neither! There were three singing this afternoon in just the north side of the wood. So Spring has now ‘officially’ started, as far as I’m concerned. Continue reading →
In the odd moment I get when not counting the vast profits we’re making from the Naturetale app, or planning where to buy the next of my country retreats, I volunteer for the Friends of Hillhouse Wood. On the basis that everyone else ‘took a step back’, I have found myself leading wildlife walks around the wood. Last Saturday I led a new one for us. Continue reading →
Several years ago my sister and brother-in-law moved to live in a little village in Pewsey Vale, situated at the bottom of a chalk ridge. There is a lovely walk that runs from the end of the village lane up on to the chalk. Over the years I’ve done it many times, but since we’ve developed the app it has taken on a new dimension. Continue reading →