Monday, 13 October 2014
Brief Visit to Winterbourne, Local Lanes and a Moth
More family chauffeuring yesterday morning over to the Edgbaston area of Birmingham meant I had an hour to spare so I paid another fleeting visit to Winterbourne House and Gardens. I had initially planned to have a look round the house this time but it was such a lovely sunny day I spent the time exploring some more of the gardens.
Winterbourne House and Botanic Garden is one of the best surviving examples of an Edwardian Arts and Crafts suburban Villa and Garden. The gardens contain over 6000 plant species from around the world.
The Walled Garden
Looking towards the Lower Lawn through part of the "Geographical collection".
Autumn colour was starting to appear throughout the gardens.
Woodland Walk, Sandstone Rock Garden and pools
Returning to the gardens closer to the house - the Pink and Blue Border
The weather forecast for the rest of the week doesn't look very promising so in the afternoon I went a walk round the local lanes with D looking for Redwings which are just starting to arrive in England. We didn't see any newly arrived Winter thrushes but there were plenty of Magpies and Wood Pigeons flying over the fields and Blue and Great Tits together with Robins and Blackbirds flitting in and out of the hedgerows. Birding highlight was a female Yellowhammer.
Hidden between the shrubs and trees is an ancient little cottage with ivy half covering the windows. I have never been able to work out whether anyone actually lives there or whether its been deserted.
A few flowers continue to appear in the hedgerows and verges providing a welcome burst of colour - Umbellifer species, White Dead Nettle, Bindweed, Chickweed and Red Campion, Dandelion and Meadowsweet.
I haven't a clue what species this toadstool is but some creature or other decided to have a nibble.
Beech leaves changing colour - back at home our beech hedge is still green.
A flock of sheep came over to say "hello".
I haven't put the moth trap out yet this month but at the end of September I did trap this pretty little Micro moth - Gold Triangle (Hyposopygia costalis) - a new species for the garden
Once it stops raining I will continue to put the trap out probably until about mid-November. I still live in hope that one day a Merveille du Jour will find its way into the garden and trap!