Scrapbook ~ Wildlife walks throughout the year
Saturday 11th October 2014
Amberley - The Burgh - Burpham - North Stoke - Amberley
A circle with a 5 mile
radius around Amberley encompasses many of our favourite places on the planet
but Gill hadn't visited for what seemed like ages. I didn't need any persuading
so our start point was confirmed. We haven't seen any Harriers for ages either
and if we were going to see one then it would probably be up near the Burgh,
just south of Amberley, so part of our route was sorted too.
The forecast for
today was for heavy rain, all day. Resigned to this but with a smidgeon of
British optimism we togged up and blapped (it's a word, look it up) down to
Amberley on the bike. We managed to dodge a number of huge rain showers on the way until we got to Storrington
High Street where we got
a good bucket or two thrown at us. Amberley station was just breaking out into full sun
when we arrived and the offending rain cloud sailed off ahead of us as we climbed
up onto the downs. We finally gave it the complete slip by heading south to the
Burgh. Always good for birds of prey there and sure enough we found Kestrel, Red
Kite and Buzzard but unfortunately no Harriers of any kind this time. We also
spotted Raven, Goldfinch, skylark (of course) and about 15-20 House martins.
bike back in one of its
favourite parking spots.
Now the bothy is open to view from High Titten it makes the old place far less
What did make it appealing though was the rain cloud above and we used it for shelter just in time.
The rangers have decided to take down the altar fire because people obviously
didn't know what it was for.
Kindly, everything you need for a fire is supplied!
The newly-imported flock of sheep
on Springhead Estate are getting the grass cutting under control at last.
The small herd of cows that were there before were just not up to the job.
One of several black ones that drifted over or around us.
A crashed cloud!.... Actually it's wool.
You're going to have a terrible time brushing all that out!
Golden hour began as we got to Burpham church.
Take the time to read
countryside code for yourself and please stick to it at all times.