Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Our Sunday sortie

SUNDAY was a beautiful day and so we made the most of it by doing a quarter-marathon circular walk near Compton Dando (look it up!) - this was to avoid the "Bath Half" traffic.

With the bright, warming sunshine, came the first Brimstone butterfly of the year.  It was moving much to fast for me to catch it up, but there were some more sedentary, yellow beauties that were happy to have their photos taken:

The primroses were only just starting to appear - these ones were nestled at the foot of a leafless hedge, which provided just enough shelter and warmth to encourage them to burst into flower.

Lesser celandine
We ate our lunch sitting on a log in a small woodland.  It was great to see that the bluebells and dog's mercury pushing up through the leaf litter, creating a green carpet over the woodland floor.  Where the ground was wet, ramsons appeared in such profusion that there is barely any soil visible between their fleshy leaves. 

The greening woodland floor
Along the way we came across a length of hedgerow that had been recently laid.  This is the traditional way of managing the hedge to encourage thick, bushy growth which can act as a barrier to livestock.

The final stretch of the walk was the only place where it was truly muddy; this was a consequence of the stream that took the shortest route down hill along the path and the fact that it was used by a gaggle of 4x4s, which arrived just after we reached the road beyond!

Anyway - a great day out in the spring sunshine.


  1. You seem to be just a little further advanced than here in East Anglia. It's a strange March though when it's easier to find a patch of wildflowers than it is to find a patch of mud!


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