A year of promise

12 Feb

As we start to warm up after a very cold snap I saw the first sign of nesting instinct this year – a Collared Dove was picking up twigs to start nest building. As I started to think about the year ahead, and reflected on all the wildlife I have seen in and around Sherston over the past few years I decided to write about what is happening on our doorstep.

I hope this blog will be informative, insightful, educational and, occasionally, humorous. I haven’t done one of these before so some patience (and feedback) would be appreciated.

Sherston, in North Wiltshire, England is set on the southern edge of the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is set in a very diverse and special landscape. We have rivers, steep unspoiled limestone grassland (which forms the Cliff) woods, coppices, large ponds and some great farmers who set aside land for wildlife.

It’s this situation that provides the backdrop for this blog.

Sherston from the west

Over the course of the year I hope to share insights stories and photo’s of our wildlife which most people don’t see, as maybe they don’t know how to look, or maybe they see birds, insects etc and don’t know what they are.

Many of us watch natural history programmes on TV and, quite rightly, are in awe of the wildlife from the Great Barrier Reef, the Amazon or wherever. Right on our doorstep (almost literally) we have some fascinating wildlife of our own. It maybe harder to find and see, it may require patience and some knowledge, but when you do see something first hand such as Kestrel catching a Fieldfare, a Hare sitting in a field, slugs mating or something less common like a Water Rail (it’s a bird seen on the pond on the cliff) it brings home the sheer majesty of our local natural history.

On a regular basis I aim to post lots about whats happening in the village – at least regarding the birds, insects, trees and other plants (and the fungi).


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