Two things to report from my walk in our local heathland this week.
The Surrey Wildlife Trust Ranger for Brentmoor Heath and Folly Bog has provided notes on autumn in the heathland, in which it states that Belted Galloway Cattle have returned to munch invasive plants.
Below are my photos of the Rangers’s notes, posted on the kissing gates into the heathland, and the cattle munching purple moor grass. [Click on photos to expand]
The entrances to the heathland off Red Road, and into Brentmoor Heath display a Spring update notice from Ben Habgood, the Surrey Wildlife Trust ranger for Brentmoor Heath and Folly Bog. He can be contacted at email@example.com
In Ben’s Spring update notice he mentions to be on the lookout for orchids, which he says can be seen from mid-May onwards. I walked on the track alongside Folly Bog yesterday and found no evidence of their arrival. But then I’m no botanist. I’ll make a trip down to Folly Bog and see I can spot signs of the Early Marsh Orchid.
I think nature is a bit late this year. Our large camellia has only recently ended its flowering. In the past it’s finished its flowering in January. [Click on the image to expand].
The Surrey Wildlife Trust Ranger for Brentmoor Heath and Folly Bog – Ben Habgood [info@SurreyWT.org.uk] – has posted his Ranger’s notes for Spring 2017 on the kissing gates leading into Brentmoor Heath and Folly Bog. Here they are below [click on image to enlarge],
Red Deer munching on gorse is exactly why they were introduced into the Bisley and Pirbright Ranges by Surrey Wildlife Trust.
The deer were next to the perimeter fence of the ranges on the path along Chobham Ridges, as I passed them on my walk from Lightwater to Deepcut.
One of the deer got very close to the fence, so close that I could smell him – and boy, what a pong. Here are a couple of photos and a short video of the deer chewing on the gorse. Pity video doesn’t yet have ‘smell-o-vision’.
Dog walkers, methinks, are more used to braving all weathers than me. Dogs need their exercise and to do their business.
Dog walkers were the only people I saw on Chobham Common yesterday. On parking in the Monument Car Park, I noticed there weren’t any dog do’s collection bins. Therefore, I decided to keep to the paths – not wanting to tread in the stuff.
Naturally, I walked up to The Victoria Monument, and studied it and it’s description board before heading off on a narrow track that ended near the railway line. I was secretly pleased that I couldn’t venture further in a straight line. Time to return to the warmth at home.
I will return there, as the walk affords splendid heathland views, and variety, as they say, is the spice of life. Here are my photos, which I know some of you like me to add.