Wednesday, 16 March 2016
A Walk Around Local Lanes
D and I went for a walk around some of our favourite local lanes on Sunday afternoon. Its a lovely circular walk of about a mile and a half which is ideal if time is limited.
The walk passes through arable farmland, a hamlet and woodland.
The hedgerows were full of hazel catkins and the tiny pinky red female flowers are now appearing.
More wild flower species are appearing in the hedgerows and woodland -
Dandelions - a vital food source for early pollinators.
White Dead Nettle
Wild Strawberry Edit - Many thanks to John ( please see comment below ) this is actually Barren Strawberry not wild
I also saw several of the tiny blue flowers of a Speedwell species.
Lots of lichens - I really must have another go this year at identifying these.
Lungwort, Snowdrops, Daffodils, Berberis and Periwinkle were flowering in hedgerows near the cottages - either garden escapees or perhaps deliberately planted.
We saw several large flocks of Fieldfares and the highlights were a Yellowhammer and a tumbling Lapwing - both new for the year list. Other bird species seen included: Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Blackbird, Robin, Blue, Great and Long-tailed Tits, Wood Pigeon, Magpies, Carrion Crows and Pheasants.
A few photos taken by D with the Canon SX60
Fairy Castle :)
I stopped off very briefly at the 14th century St Cuthbert's, Shustoke on the way home. I really must go back to this church soon as when I looked it up in the very interesting booklet on Warwickshire Churches that I bought recently I discovered the church is located next to an Anglo Saxon mound which sounds interesting.