Saturday, 11 June 2016
#30DaysWild - Walk Along a Canal - Day 8
On Wednesday, for my 30 Days Wild challenge I decided on a walk along a canal. It was very tranquil and relaxing and very quiet apart from encounters with the occasional cyclist or walker.
Views of farmland from the tow path.
There were plenty of birds around - Moorhens with young, Mallard with Ducklings, Grey Heron (the one in the photos below was very tame) and Reed Buntings. The highlight for me was watching Swallows and Swifts flying along the canal catching flies with the former swooping down to drink water every so often.
So many wild flowers and trees in flower on the canal bank and along the hedgerow - Vetch, Ribwort Plantain, Buttercups, Cuckoo Flower, Elder Flower, Sorrel, Water Lilies, Cow Parsley, Daisies and Hawthorn
There were half a dozen or more Damselflies on lily leaves - Red-eyed Damselfly I believe. If I am wrong please let me know.
I visited the same canal at the end of May as it is where I survey for water voles for the People's Trust for Endangered Species National Water Vole Monitoring Programme. Sadly, again this year there were no field signs and I wanted to return to the canal and walk further than the transect route to see if the bank reinforcements - see photos below - (which are bad news for water voles as they are unable to burrow into the bank side) ceased.
This small nature reserve at the side of the canal looks worth a visit too.
Photos taken with the Canon Bridge SX50HS