Tuesday, May 6, 2014

A Bank Holiday Walk

We had lovely weather here over the bank holiday so I decided to set off on a walk to Cornard Mere, the Suffolk Wildlife Trust reserve that I'd read about when writing my post on bluebells.  I'd been a little worried that I wouldn't be able to find the footpath but as you can see it was very clear.


The ground was a dry as dust, apparently we get less rainfall here than the Sahara Desert does but we're not classed as a desert as our rain is spread throughout the year.


The website had said to 'take the footpaths to the south and the west to view the reserve' which is what I did.   However 'view' might not quite be the right word.  Every now and then, if I clambered through the nettles I got a tantalising glimpse of the wetland, but it was so over grown I couldn't really 'view' the main mere at all!

(Click on the photo above to enlarge it and you'll just see the main open mere in the background)


At one point there were lots of reeds which must give shelter to many birds and wildlife.


Despite not seeing any water birds, nor indeed hearing the elusive water rail (which was what I really wanted to hear), it was a lovely walk around the edge of the reserve and I did hear and see a chiffchaffs and blackcaps.

Chiffchaff

Time for the return walk, across the field towards the hedges of hawthorn


and the verges of cow parsley.


A nice walk, just not quite what I'd expected - I hope you all had a good bank holiday too.

3 comments:

Janneke said...

Indeed a nice walk. Walking in your country is great, everywhere public footpaths where you even are allowed to cross private properties. In our country that´s unthinkable.

elaine said...

What a shame you couldn't see more of it - I love these reserves and secret places - and yes the soil looks so dry it's a wonder anything grows.

Cottage Garden said...

I bet its not that dry today Su! What a difference in the weather.

Lovely walk though and I have to say I've never been - and need to remedy that this summer. I love those bluebell woods though.

Jeanne
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