Saturday, 17 August 2013

Over the Edge Challenge

Entries are now open for our annual Over the Edge Challenge, an 18 mile walk or run along the length of Wenlock Edge from Craven Arms to Much Wenlock on Sunday 13th October. The route follows waymarked footpaths and bridleways through woodland and farmland, there will be refreshments along the way and at the finish. A coach will transport participants from Much Wenlock to the start in Craven Arms. This is a great way of travelling along the Edge in one go through the variety of different habitats, there is a lovely atmosphere between participants and marshalls and as it is not a race there is always plenty of chatting and banter.

The cost of the event is £15.50 and this includes refreshments and coach travel, booking in advance is essential and can be done by e-mailing overtheedge@nationaltrust.org.uk or calling 01694725001.

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Butterflies

The importance of being slightly untidy in parts of the garden was highlighted today. Wildlife programmes such as Springwatch are constantly telling us that a small area of the garden set aside for wildlife is very important no matter how small. There is an area within a wildflower meadow that i recently didn't cut with the strimmer as there was a nice patch of Teasel and i like to leave it for the Goldfinches in the Winter as they love the seed. I went for a quick look today at it and it was absolutely stunning, full of bees and butterflies, mainly Peacock butterflies which seen to be having a good year. I took loads of photos, some of which are below.




Sunday, 4 August 2013

Bird hide sightings

Apologies to anyone who visited the bird hide at Presthope over the last few weeks and found the feeders empty, this was simply due to a lack of time as we were busy making hay whilst the sun shone. Normal service has resumed and the birds are using the feeders again to top themselves up whilst also making the most of the natural food currently on offer.
Birds seen on Saturday 3rd August over a 30 minute period include,
Marsh Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blue Tit, Sparrowhawk, Chaffinch (eaten by Sparrowhawk), Greenfinch, Nuthatch, Blackbird. A Peregrine Falcon also flew overhead.