|Ellingham - The route is marked in red and began in the village, working roughly clockwise.|
We met at 10am in the centre of the village, a very picturesque setting, to be guided by Michael around the lanes and tracks he usually walks with his dogs. The route was generally on the level and took about a couple of hours, including stops and chats.
Although it was bright, the cold breeze curtailed the arrival of many spring migrants, the only ones noted being 1 House Martin, 3 Swallows, 1 Blackcap and many Chiffchaffs. We also noted displaying Lapwings, Buzzard, Song Thrushes, Yellowhammers and singing Skylarks amongst others.
|Skylark. Image taken on another day...|
A lame Roe buck made a sorry sight as it hobbled away across a field towards the Priestdean Burn.
The whole area looks nice for wild flowers and, on a warmer day, invertebrates such as Butterflies, Bees and Moths would be worth a look.
|Moschatel ( top) and Wood Anemone brightened the walk as did the first Bluebells just opening.|
|The upwelling spring.|
|St Maurice's Church.|
|The furry looking blob in the centre is the larva disturbing the usual tram lines of spores.|
We all returned back to our cars very pleased at the chance to explore such a lovely little village.
If any members has other ideas or fancies leading a walk please let us know...