Wildlife Watch – Session Seven – Fromebridge Mill

Fine weather, nice places and good company – we had another a great morning watching wildlife along the Canal and the Frome with Martin Wright. The last thing he said at Lydney was that soon we would be looking for Swallows and sure enough, our first sights at the Fromebridge Mill car park were Sand- […]

Wildlife Watch – Session Six – Lydney Harbour

The car park at Lydney Harbour is surrounded by woods, so we were treated to birdsong as soon as we got out of our cars on the latest Watching Wildlife meeting. Martin’s first nugget of information was that the Blackcaps seen today have recently flown in from wintering in Africa, while the ones seen a […]

Wildlife Watch – Session Five – Sharpness

High winds and high tides – it looked like we might have a disappointing morning ahead of us Watching Wildlife at Sharpness Docks. We know that nature can still thrive amidst the industrial surroundings, and we hoped to see how well it was doing. But the birds we did see were hunched against the wind […]

Wildlife Watch – Session 4 – Coombe Hill

Still looking at models for the future wildlife habitats on Phase 1B we went to the Coombe Hill Nature Reserve managed by Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust (GWT). With 260 acres (originally 50) of grazed wetland meadow alongside 3 miles of canal it was the obvious place to check out. The canal was built as wide as […]

Wildlife Watch – Session 3

Session 3 started at Saul Junction taking in canal and river, meadow and old orchard, lake and reedbed, mud and tidal sand. With this range of habitats we had high expectations of a walk around Framilode & Fretherne and with fine weather the visibility was excellent. We started well – while still in the canal-side […]

Wildlife Watch – Session 2

For Martin Wright’s second walk of 2019 we went to Alney Island Nature Reserve – 200 acres with meadows grazed by rare-breed Gloucester Cattle barely half a mile from the Cathedral. The sun shone brightly for us despite frost earlier and snow on the Malvern Hills in the distance. There are reed beds and pools […]