We walked down through the woods first. All the leaves were gone, except for the occasional evergreen Yew and Holly and it felt quite stark and bare.
|Some festive Holly and Ivy|
We also spotted some of the other things that we may have otherwise not noticed, like these lovely lichens.
Bug Mad Girl found a woodlouse caught in a spiders web, then noticed the spider underneath the web. This was a Snakes-back spider and gets it's name from the markings on it's body which vaguely resemble an Adder. They leave a hole in their webs and lay trip wires around it, then rush out and capture it when something 'trips' the wire.
We walked back along the grass slope. It looks like there have been cattle grazing there, presumably to keep the grass short so the wildflowers and orchids can grow in the spring. Then we spotted a flock of Fieldfares in a nearby field. They're in the Thrush family and arrive in November, spending the winter here then leaving in April.
Driving home we spotted Barry the Buzzard sitting in a tree. He posed for a quick 'Happy Christmas' and a photo then headed off.