Yesterday afternoon I spotted three grass snakes; two in New England wood, Cuckfield and one on the High Weald Landscape Trail west of the town.
Usually grass snakes will slip away before you get a chance to see them. However, on this occasion I was on my own and often standing still looking for birds and listening to their songs. There was a breeze but on each occasion I heard a very faint rustling of the undergrowth that was unlikely to be the wind. I thought that it might be a wood mouse yet they were all grass snakes slithering through dense, dead brambles that had been piled up in the wood and in a hedgerow on the trail.
Conclusion; To spot grass snakes your ears are a better detector than your eyes -- a bit like a barn owl perhaps.
P.S. I did try to photograph them, but they were too quick or simply out of focus to show you here.
Monday, 26 March 2012
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Wednesday, 21 March 2012
History of the Adur valley
The turbulent history of the Adur valley over two millennia including six 1,000 years old churches from Steyning to New Shoreham will be presented in a pictorial presentation by Peter Lovett at a Badger Trust Sussex meeting on Tuesday 10th April at 7.30pm in St. Wilfred’s Centenary Church Hall, Haywards Heath. All are welcome at a cost of £3 per person.
In June, I will be leading a 10 miles linear walk, entitled "The Rape of Bramber: visiting six 1,000 years old churches." The talk in April is both a valuable source of detailed information for anyone intending to do the walk in the summer and an opportunity to experience the historic sites of the Adur valley for anyone not able to join the walk in June. Further information is available from www.midsussexramblers.co.uk
Monday, 19 March 2012
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Thursday, 15 March 2012
Monday, 12 March 2012
It was too far off for my camera to get a good image but I'll share a couple of digitally zoomed frames.
These are blury yet good enough to confirm the bird as a Fieldfare. Normally in a flock, this one may be migrating. They leave in March to May.
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