Another Sunday Walk

This afternoon my wife and I took the dog for a seven mile walk from Hackpen Hill to Fyfield Down and back. We left the car park and headed south along the Ridgeway until we reached the recently restored Dew Pond. We then followed an overgrown Bridleway to Totterdown Wood. After passing through the Wood we emerged onto the Downs and took a haphazard route around until we found ourselves back on the Ridgeway. It was then a pleasant walk back to the car. Birdwise it was fairly quiet with Linnets being the most numerous. A few Yellowhammers and Meadow Pipits were seen as was a Single Green Woodpecker, and three Swallows. Raptors noted were single Red Kite and Buzzard, two Kestrels and a family group (I assume) of four Sparrowhawks. The best sightings were a pair of Stonechats and two Grey Partridges. Butterflies seen were Green-veined Whites, Meadow Browns and Speckled Wood.


2 responses to “Another Sunday Walk

  1. Hi Malcolm,
    John and I went on exactly the same walk recently….the other way round…and met David Hemery and his wife and grandchildren. Remember him? Olympic athlete and now doing good things in schools via his charity….finding the good in everyone!
    They were picking blackberries near where you photographed the narrow passages. They live in Fifield, apparently, and he was wearing a Swindon Academy sweatshirt!

    • Hi Felicity,
      I saw on Swindon Birds that you had done the same walk. It is always enjoyable but can be a bit hit or miss for birds. I have seen Ring Ouzel, Tree Sparrow, Little and Barn Owl and Woodcock in so always worthwhile. As for David Hemery, he was involved in athletics training at Ridgeway school for a while and my son benefited from his advice on Hurdling.

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