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Wildlife Watch Report — Session Seven

Martin Wright’s Winter Wildlife Watch Report
Daneway — 12th April

This was only the second time we have met in Sapperton; and ten of us enjoyed yet another perfect spring day. We met in the car park of The Daneway Inn, which was originally on the line of the Thames & Severn Canal. Our walk took us the short distance to the western end of Sapperton Tunnel.

The Daneway Portal of Sapperton Tunnel — Photo by Mike Gallagher

Daneway to Dorvel Wood

The birdsong dominating this area was Blackcap, Song Thrush, and Nuthatch, and also Great, Blue, and Coal Tits. We left the canal behind to enjoy the views as we climbed up to Sapperton village.
The footpaths were so dry that we decided to do a round trip back to The Daneway Inn via Dorvel Wood – a difficult path in muddy conditions.

Dorvel Wood — Photo by David Bowker-Praed

This wood is home to Bluebells, Wild Garlic, and Wood Anemones and these were just coming into bloom. There were also breeding Ravens, Buzzards, Stock Doves, and Mistle Thrush.
After a long up-hill walk, it was a relief to head downhill towards Daneway Banks, the home of our rarest butterfly, the Large Blue.
This has been successfully reintroduced to this site, although the flight period is later in the summer.
We were very pleased to find a pair of Marsh Tits, a Kestrel and a Green Woodpecker; so we headed back in good spirits down to The Daneway Inn for some welcome refreshment.

The Daneway Inn — Photo by Mike Gallagher

Birds seen

Mandarin Duck, Goldcrest, Mallard, Long-tailed Tit, Buzzard, Marsh Tit, Kestrel, Coal Tit, Pheasant, Blue Tit, Stock Dove, Great Tit, Woodpigeon, Nuthatch, Green Woodpecker, Jackdaw, Wren, Rook, Dunnock, Crow, Robin, Raven, Blackbird, House Sparrow, Song Thrush, Greenfinch, Mistle Thrush, Goldfinch, Blackcap, Chaffinch and Chiffchaff.

Well expressed gratitude

A grateful walk member had this to say… “Martin’s understated and modest expertise made this walk a wonderful experience through a beautiful part of Gloucestershire.

“It was a delightful and rewarding occasion.”

Next week — Meet at St. Cyrs Church, Stonehouse