Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Late Summer wildlife

Whilst it is a fairly quiet time for birds on the Edge with many summer migrants having departed and the Winter birds not here yet there is still plenty to see.
Autumn colours are appearing around the woods with some leaves already falling, especially during the recent windy weather.
I found a Slow Worm crossing a footpath at Presthope, although it looks like a Snake it is actually a legless Lizard, not in the drunk sense! There is more info about them here.
I also found a good display of Travellers Joy which is also known as Old Mans Beard due to the appearance of the fluffy seed heads. It is a characteristic plant of limestone soils where it is common in hedgerows, It can often be easily identified alongside roads from a passing car.

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