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Environment action, and the bliss of the wood!

February 15, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

A sunny day in Cornwall? Not raining? Finally! Weather appropriate for a walk to the woods. It wasn’t just I that recognised the sun, stepping out of the caravan to hear the chaffinches singing like a choir in the adjacent bushes. I knew it’d be a bountiful walk with an abundance of exciting wildlife.

Fields on the way to the woods:

Having experienced photographing Roe Deer in these nearby fields before, I decided to take a wander through with the chance of seeing them again. But nothing today – resting amongst the leaves of a nearby patch of oak perhaps instead. However, plenty of redwings, tits (birds) and meadow pipits hiding in the bushes on the periphery.


Blue Tit


Meadow Pipit


Then the fantastic sight of a female Merlin! Whizzing by so falcon-like over the bushes, flying low across the field and then up over the bush and onto the other side of the field – too fast for myself to adjust the camera settings and get a shot – I took my chance and got this tragic panning shot anyway. But you can see from the wing shape, size and colour that it’s certainly a Merlin. Next field: I flush a couple of Snipe into the air – first I’ve seen for a while – and manage to get this shot as it flies off to the blue horizon.






Elastic bands!?

On a more depressing and - what I consider to be outrageous - note, is that as I was walking along the fields I came across these elastic bands. I joke you not, I probably came across a few thousands of these bands, covering the grounds of a 50-hectare field, where daffodils are being harvested for the spring sale in shops around the country. Basically, whoever is planting these daffodils are leaving their polluted litter behind without any consideration as to what it’s doing to the land.


It’s disgraceful, and they’re on every daffodil field around the caravan. Myself and Ben (caravan mate) will be getting onto the local council about this. Not only will they ruin the ecology of this life-abounding farmland, but they will unequivocally get caught in runoff, make their way down to the river systems and pollute ecosystems there, as well as wherever they get deposited from the river.

If anyone in the south is also surrounded by daffodil fields, keep an eye out for this issue and report it to the council if the same pollution is occurring.  


Moving on:

I’ve reached the Woodland. I should say my favourite of all habitats that surround the caravan. I come across a variety of birdlife instantly. A male sparrowhawk flies across the open plains of the beech woods, too beautiful and too quick to take my eye off. It’s so bliss here - words do not do it justice. I was by myself and there was no wind; birds filled the air with sounds of exuberant beauty; the sun’s rays burst through the canopy with such surreal beauty. I thanked the moment in my head.






Brambling! Its been a couple of months since I’ve seen one of these, and a few years since I got a picture of one. Goldcrests flicker around low in the young shoots of holly bushes. A Great Spotted Woodpecker, clear insight, pecking on a lifeless branch on a tree - you can see it’s a female from the red strip on the back of its neck. Like usual, tits fly about in all the beech trees nearby: blue, coal and great tits are those species I can spot. Chaffinches are feeding on the edge of the field.




Great Spotted Woodpecker





Great Tit


Blue Tit


I’ve been in the woods for 2 hours now and I’m starving, so I make my way home. But first I seek to see the chaffinches in the field. They fly off in an instant but a blackbird stays, leaving me the pleasure and opportunity to photograph its backlit bokeh beauty.




Thank you, Sun.





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