Blooming gorse

Western gorse showing its yellow flowers

The Western gorse is now in flower on the heaths. It provides very welcome splashes of bright yellow, to brighten up even the dullest autumn day.


There are good examples of Western gorse on Volunteers’ and  Trude’s Heaths. These are the two heaths immediately east of Stone Hill. Also the Main Heath has some good examples.

On the Main Heath the Bell heather is still in bloom although the Ling is over.

For many people it is hard to tell the difference between Bell heather and ling. In the image below, the Bell heather  is on the right..

Ling (left) and bell heather (right)
Ling and belll heather
Ling (left) and bell heather (right)


A sign that winter is approaching was the recent sighting of an extensive skein of Pink-footed Geese flying over towards the coast.

Look out skeins of pink-footed geese flying over
A skein of Pink - footed geese
Look out skeins of pink-footed geese flying over


Recently a visitor picked up a dead Slowworm (probably this year’s crop) on Row Heath near the barrier by Main Heath. It had already lost the end of its tail, but obviously didn’t manage to escape a second time, although it wasn’t clear why it had died.

A slow worm. Despite appearances it's a lizard, not a snake.
Looks like a snake bit it is a low worm.
A slow worm. Despite appearances it's a lizard, not a snake.