Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Over the Edge Update

The closing date for booking a place on Over the Edge, Saturday 1st October is fast approaching, i am however aware that plenty of entries are still coming in and some people have only just heard about it and are thinking about entering. I don't want anyone to miss out and so the closing date has been put back by a week to 8th October. There are currently 197 paid up entrants so it looks like its going to be a great event, we need to inform the coach company how many coaches we need so unfortunately will not be able to take bookings any later.
There will be refreshments for sale in the National Trust car park where the event finishes so if any family or friends are waiting for people to finish they can get hot drinks, cake etc. These will also be available to participants who feel they deserve more than their soup etc that is included in the price of the event.

Monday, 26 September 2011

Autumn in the woods

Well, the leaves are falling and the mornings are lovely and crisp so it must be Autumn.
Its a beautiful time for getting out in the woods no matter what your doing whether its walking, running or cycling, with crisp leaves on the ground and constantly improving views out through the trees as they shed more and more in the Autumnul winds.
There is lots to see within the woods, its a good time to see fungi both on the ground, on old tree stumps and on living trees. Large, mixed flocks of tits with tree creepers mixed in are moving through the woods, whilst a few Chiffchaffs still linger, feeding up before heading south.
Its quite quiet on the bird feeders at the moment as there are so many nuts and berries available throughout the woods. It is still worth putting out some food as it will soon pick up and become very busy. It also worth collecting surplus apples and wrapping them in newspaper to feed to Thrushes in the Winter months when natural food becomes very scarce. I did this last year and on Christmas day during the lengthy cold spell had 17 Blackbirds and 5 Fieldfare in the garden at the same time!
It will not be long until we see an influx of birds from Scandinavia including Robins, Fieldfare, Redwing and Woodcock.
Deer rutting will be getting underway soon, look out for prints in the mud or the actual animal if your lucky and quiet.

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.

Monday, 5 September 2011

Wenlock wander

On Sunday 9th of October i will be leading a walk on and around Wenlock Edge. It will be about 8 miles long and will take about two and a half hours.
The walk will use some of the lesser used paths, hopefully giving people an insight into the wonderful walks that can be devised if you leave the waymarked trails.
The walk will start at 1pm at the National Trust car park on the outskirts of Much Wenlock and will cost £5.
e-mail me at chris.dunkerley@nationaltrust.org.uk or call 07948 072075 if you are interested.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Nordic Walking

I would like to invite Nordic Walkers to come for a walk on Wenlock Edge on Saturday the 8th of October at 11 am. This is for people who have previously tried Nordic Walking and have their own Nordic* poles as none will be provided.
We will meet at the National Trust car park on the outskirts of Much Wenlock before heading out for a walk which will last about an hour and a half.
There is no need to book and there is no cost, simply turn up with your poles if you fancy it. I hope that this will become a regular thing if enough people are interested.
If you would like more info or directions you can e-mail me at chris.dunkerley@nationaltrust.org.uk

*Nordic poles are different to trekking poles

There are still places left on our introduction to Nordic Walking session on Saturday 10th September at 10am. The cost is £6 and Nordic Walking poles are provided. Please e-mail me on the above address for more info.