Sunday, 31 August 2014

Reed cutting

Today I learnt two new skills - how to use a scythe and slasher to cut back reeds.  I was amazed how much we were able to clear in one day.  In time this will allow for greater diversity of wild flowers at Chilswell Valley Nature Reserve.

Jim in action

Reeds being moved

Learning how to scythe

Giant horsetail

Signs of a spring

Half of the reeds we cleared

Area cleared


Woolacombe

A busy week in North Devon learning to surf.  Little time to get my camera out but here are a few shots taken on coastal walks.

Spot the crab!









Seal seen off Morte Point

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Water voles

On Monday I went to Gloucestershire to watch water voles thanks to wildlife photographer Iain Green who kindly invited me and naturalist Jo Cartmell.  The weather was a mixture of sunshine and showers making photography a little tricky.  The long vegetation that over hang the banks caused low lighting.


A water vole eating a willow herb root.

Roe deer






video

video

(Taken by Mum)

Latrine
It was a great day and I look forward to seeing water voles again in the future.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Garden shots

Enjoying being home after going away for a few days. Spotted a Brown Argus on the lavender.