2016 has started brightly so far on New Years Eve we went across to Greenglades for Arcadians new year party and although the temperatures began to drop three of us (me included of course)..still managed to strip of for an hour or three during the evening. The morning dawned clear and frosty and after a late night we slept in till about 10.
After breakfast consisting of a giant crumpet we had a few cups of coffee said our goodbyes and all left together. Once at home we had bath’s and settled down to watch the football.Once the weekend was out of he way I decided I needed to get more exercise so from now on I will try to get out and walk every day.
So far I’ve been out on most days and to make it interesting I’ve taken the camera too. On Monday I ventured out to Hylands Park and got some great shots.Starting out I drove to the Britvic roundabout and parked next to St.Marys church which is on a hillside just next to the Indian restaurant which is housed in the pub next door which was formally the White Horse.
I then ventured down the hill to the River Wid crossing it over the bridge adjacent to the A414 after that I ventured up the hill (with bread) and fed the ducks,moorhens and geese at the pond half way up the hill. Many people know Hylands Park as a site for major events such as the annual V-Festival, but in fact it is an historic park offering a great deal for anyone interested in wildlife. It has some fine ancient trees, and also some patches of ancient woodland.
Add to this some flower-rich grassland, a number of ponds and a stretch of the River Wid. A circular walk around the fringes takes you through the best wildlife habitats and there is also a network of surfaced paths. This was my most successful wildlife trip so far as I managed to shoot Blackbirds,Gulls, Robins,Tits,Crows as well as the aforementioned too as I circled the North end of the park before returning to the car just as the rain started.
Tuesday’s weather was better but with less sunshine and after a false start in Howe Green and a short time at Danbury Park,I finally made my way to Danbury Common which is a National Trust site. The site is one of the largest areas of heathland left in the county, and also has bracken and gorse scrub, and woodland with oak and birch. Upper parts are on glacial gravel, and lower down there are boggy heath and woodland areas. Woodland ground flora includes bluebells and anemones. The meadows too have uncommon species such as meadow saxifrage and hoary cinquefoil.
The common is the main British site for the rosy marbled moth, and there are several ponds.The common is also popular with dog walkers as I noticed when I entered the car park but as they headed of in one direction I headed of in my wellies in the other. After a fruitless 20 minutes I managed to stay still long enough to shoot a couple of Great Tits as they played in a clump of trees near the open space. I then moved across and had the fortune to come across four Blue tits sitting on and around a common gorse (Ulex europaeus), bush and what a delight they were to see.Changing the resolution of my photos on my camera definitely changed my fortunes as you can see,even if the original file sizes are a little large.