After nearly 18 years down the Lane I have upsticked and moved to Bishop’s Waltham in Hampshire; closer to the family, turned 70 with parts of my body not doing what they’re supposed to be doing so well out in the Garden etc!!
A comfortable Flat and very close to two Reserves and a short drive to the River Hamble Estuary, Titchfield and the New Forest.

Mallard ducklings in April
Young Mallards on the march

Yesterday was my first day having a couple of good walks around and about.
First, a walk takes me 200 meters down the Road to a footpath which was once the railway line. This carries on for about 500 meters then footpaths through Farmland, fields, woodland and finishing up on the Playing Fields behind me.
There’s also a couple of nice streams running along nicely shaded glens.

Sparrowhawk Bishops Waltham    Nuthatch     Speckled Wood in April
Sparrowhawk – Nuthatch – Speckled Wood

The second walk is at Claylands Reserve, about a 400 meter walk away. This one’s a bit hilly but gives a nice vista, a few fields and a boggy base.

Certainly a lot to look forward to.


Spring has Sprung

After the cold weather with much rain of late, it’s suddenly got silly. From single figures last week, it’s now in the low 20’s.
This certainly seems to have woken things up a bit with many Summer birds turning up and loads of Butterflies darting around all over the place.
As well as the two photos show, I saw Orange Tips, Large / Small Whites, Peacocks and a plentiful number of large Brimstones.

Comma Butterfly in April

Next plan of action is to have a good look round ground level for any Owl Pellets and Hedgehog poos.
It certainly seems good countryside for predators and I’ve already seen Sparrowhawks, Common Buzzards plus I understand that Red Kites pay regular visits.

The future is bright as they say!

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