Woods and the allotment

It’s half term this week which gives me more time to walk around my local patch. On Monday we had some friends over and went for a walk through the village and in to the woods. We looked at ivy along the way trying to find any Hornets or Ivy bees.

Most of the trees are now dropping their leaves and the floor of the wood is covered in leaves of orange, red and yellow.

It was great not to have to worry about how long we took, by the time we got back the Tawny owls were starting to call across the farm.

Fungi in the woods

Fungi in the woods

Spider and fungi

Spider and fungi

The way the sunlight shone through the trees at the edge of the wood around 4pm made it a perfect autumn afternoon.

Sunlight through the trees

Sunlight through the trees

We have also had time up at the allotment this week. When we lifted up a large sheet of rotting wood beside the shed we found a newt, centipedes, wood lice, snails and snail eggs. We have left the wood in place as a home for all the insects and newts.

The badger track through the allotment is more noticeable now, it is going diagonally through the trees. I’m hoping to get more footage of these badgers.

Last night my sister and dad went out quite late with the dogs and phoned home really excited as they had seen tiny glowing lights on a old wooden tree stump in the woods. The lights only last a few seconds and came from two insects sitting on the wood. We think they must have been Glow worms which is something I have always wanted to see. Unfortunately they didn’t have a camera with them.



About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. This year my debut book "Get Your Boots On" was published I am a keen amateur photographer. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire Badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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2 Responses to Woods and the allotment

  1. Tony Gillie says:

    We saw lots of ivy bees at Dry Sandford Pit this week. They were burrowing into the cliff face and earth banks. None at all on the ivy!


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