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30th April 2018 – Stoke Park and Eastville Park

Another bitterly cold day but not too bad for a walk through the woods, especially as I soon warmed up climbing the hill in to the woods in Stoke Park.

There was a grey heron on the flooded fields at the bottom of the hill.

FP5A6702Grey heron

In the woods I saw a great spotted woodpecker, a jay, and three blue tits.

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It was interesting to see the work they have been doing in the park; removing the brambles and planting new trees. The work has been quite controversial amongst locals but to me it seems as though it’s going to be much better.

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However, the wood carvings in the wood are a big hit.

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I followed the ridge along Purdown and had good views of Stapleton Church and Colston’s School (where I had spent all my working life and reflected that this month 50 years ago I had turned up for interview).

FP5A6731Holy Trinity Church, Stapleton where peregrines can be regularly seen

FP5A6749Colston’s School

FP5A6741Most people were clearly at work by now

I dropped down to Eastville Park and saw three robins and two wrens early on.

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There was no sign of the usuals (kingfisher, dipper, and grey wagtail) which was rather disappointing. However, I saw 2 coal tits singing very loudly and a tree creeper, which was a real bonus.

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The Canada geese had taken the perching spot of the grey heron on the lake and seemed to be showing a very strange way of showing affection. The mute swans were much more placid.

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Bluebells and ramsons were evident in both parks.

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A 5.2 mile walk  on a Monday morning was certainly better than being at work.

 

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