A pair of buzzards circled overhead calling to each other as we walked down through the woods and the red kites chased each other, obviously enjoying the sunshine. The trees were full of blue tits and great tits chattering away and robins serenaded us as we walked.
|One of a pair of buzzards|
|A few weeks ago this was thick scrub, which has now been cleared ready for spring|
|Pulpit Hill (seen from Grangelands)|
It would be easy at this time of year to think there's not very much to see, but it was the trees that really struck me as I walked around. The kids love climbing this large beech and it even has a rope swing attached to one of its branches.
|Up close its branches twist and turn around the trunk,|
making it ideal for climbing (and rather pleasing to look at!)
|The leaf buds are still tightly closed - still too early for them to break open|
Grangelands is an important conservation site for juniper, which is now quite rare and is very slow growing and notoriously hard to germinate. It seemed to be doing OK though and the branches were heavy with immature berries.
I stopped to admire a holly tree that I must have walked past dozens of times before. It was literally hanging onto the side of a steep slope and all of the leaves were on the far side of the tree, revealing an amazingly contorted trunk.
What a great way to spend a sunny morning in Feb!