Thursday, 29 November 2012
Late November at Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens
Lady Bridgeman's Garden
I paid a quick visit to Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens yesterday afternoon.
Looking towards the Upper Wilderness from My Lady's Border
After the recent rain water levels are much higher in the South Pond.
I managed to find a few plants still flowering
Mirror or West Pond
Although there was still some sunshine when I arrived it soon completely clouded over and light levels were really low. Camera rather struggled even with high ISO shutter speeds were really low.
The Spinney and South Pond - I was chatting to a member of staff there today and was pleased to learn that there are still Great Crested Newts in this pool and, even better, they have spread to the other two ponds.
I found these fungi on a fallen log in the Spinney - I think they are Turkeytail. If anyone can confirm the id I would be very grateful.
Edit Thanks so much to Abbey Meadows who has confirmed these are indeed Turkeytail. See comments.
Upper Wilderness looking towards Castle Bromwich Hall - now a hotel
Lichen growing on the trunk of an Ash tree
Just the usual species of bird around although it was nice to see a party of Long-tailed Tits. This is usually a good site for Redwing during the winter months but no sign yet.
After leaving I did visit a nearby road where a couple of Waxwings were seen two weeks ago. No sign today but I counted 30 trees or bushes still full of berries so I will keep an eye out.