An Early Walk

Working from home today so there’s not quite the rush of a normal weekday. A chance for an earlyish walk. Am out of the door by 6.30am for a short walk out of the village and back again. A three mile round trip.

It’s nice to be out early. Few people around, a couple of dog walkers which rather surprised me. It is very light though so maybe I shouldn’t be. Quite a few cars leaving the village. The early morning commute. I didn’t realise it started quite so early. Despite the traffic the air is clean and fresh, a good time for a walk.

The inward route takes me alongside the woodland of the Southwick Estate. The adjoining fields are planted with wheat and it’s about a foot and a half high. Leaping through it is a single young deer. I have disturbed it and it’s making its escape, running and leaping through the wheat, stopping every now and then to check that I am not in pursuit. I wasn’t but it’s nice to see these animals are still here. I am not sure what they would make of the evil Fareham Borough’s plans to turn all the open land and fields between the motorway and the Hoads Hill ridge, along to Knowle, with houses – all 7500 of them. A sink estate for the county, and all because it is rumoured that Fareham Council are short of money. Does money drive every thing we do? Will the council rehouse the deer and other wildlife. A few months ago I saw a yellow hammer in the trees alongside the main road to Knowle. The yellow hammer is under threat according to the RSPB, removing more of its habitat isn’t going to help it.


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