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Wildlife Watch Report — Session Eight

The final session of the spring series

The route involved making the round trip from St Cyrs Church to Chipmans Platt via the meadows, and back along the canal towpath.

There were twelve of us to enjoy the experience, and encouragingly, four newcomers.

We headed off through the churchyard to ‘The Ocean’. Here, the breeding season appeared to be in full swing; Mallard and Coots with chicks and Mute Swans on a nest.

We walked down beside the railway line to Beards Mill, usually a scene of tranquillity, but currently transformed by bridge reconstruction.
The meadows were much quieter, and it was good to see Swallows and House Martins swooping amongst the cattle. We also enjoyed good views of Stock Dove and Heron.

After enjoying Eastington Church and surroundings, we crossed over the road to join the canal at Chipmans Platt.
Here we enjoyed good sightings of Mistle Thrushes feeding young, and Grey Wagtails at the Water’s edge.

No snakes

On our way back towards Bonds Mill we looked out for Grass Snakes along the canal — without success. We did see a Grey Squirrel and Green Veined White butterfly on our journey.
The café at Bonds Mill provided most of us with a welcome cup of coffee and a good finale to our walk.

Thirty two species seen

Heron, Dunnock, Mute Swan, Robin, Mallard, Blackbird, Buzzard, Song Thrush, Moorhen, Mistle Thrush, Coot, Blackcap, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Chiffchaff, Herring Gull, Blue Tit, Stock Dove, Magpie, Woodpigeon, Jackdaw, Green Woodpecker, Rook, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Crow, Swallow, Starling, House Martin, House Sparrow, Grey Wagtail, Chaffinch, Wren, and Goldfinch.

Message from Martin

Watch this space for notification of some occasional sessions during the summer months. We will give you good notice.