17th Sept. Badock's Wood was looking really good this morning. The sun was rising over the trees and there was heavy dew on the grass. This is the view from the pond.... and we cleaned the pond this afternoon ready for Sunday. Oh, don't forget the Celebration on Sunday 2-5pm.
The copper beeches look beautiful when the sun comes through their leaves.
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This wren was there too. It was searching through the
bushes for insects, spiders and grubs. It started to sing, a beautiful high pitch trilling song, answered by another not far away. In
winter they often sleep in communes because keeping warm increases chances of
surviving a harsh winter. Sixty three have been
recorded in a single nestbox. There are many in Badock's Wood and you will often hear the surprisingly loud song or a tic-tic warning call.
Flint flakes and 2 flint scrapers, together with animal bones were also found inside the mound.
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I should say a big "Thank you" to BART for what they do in helping to keep Bristol's waterways, including the River Trym, in good and healthy condition. They are the Bristol Avon Rivers Trust. Amongst other activities they are training FOBW members to look after the Badock's Wood part of the Trym. see : BART.
Bat Conservation Trust.
The photo was taken during the walk and looks over the playing field.
Saturday 19th Sept. A cool misty autumn morning, the sun was shining through the mist. This photo was taken in the meadow, heavy dew on the grass but many dog walkers and joggers enjoying the woods and taking their exercise.
I was surprised and excited to see a spotted flycatcher at the Doncaster Road end of the wood on Wednesday afternoon(16th). Unfortunately I was too excited and not quick enough to get a photo. It gave me a marvellous view and flew off to catch a large fly or moth before landing on a nearby bare tree. They are summer migrants and this one has probably stopped off on its long journey back to Africa. I felt privileged to see it. Bon voyage!!
I've put in a photo of a spotted flycatcher that I took in Shropshire in May this year. It shows the markings around the head but this is probably a young bird and doesn't have the darker chest markings yet. Beautiful just the same.
Sunday 20th September 2 - 5pm: Badock's Wood Green Hidden Treasures Celebration.
Thursday 8th October 7 - 8.30pm: Owl Prowl. Learn about and listen for the owls of Badock's Wood.
Sunday 13th December 2 - 3.30pm Tree Dressing. Celebrating our trees and Badock's Wood.
See the Friends Of Badock's Wood (FOBW) leaflet or website for more details: FOBW events.
The woods are glorious on sunny autumn days and it's wonderful to see the trees gradually changing colour to those browns, yellows and golds, especially when there are berries of red and orange spread amongst them..... and then the birds and squirrels feeding....
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