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An Early Walk

Posted in Walking, Wildlife on May 13, 2011 by thecognitivekey

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.

http://www.cprehampshire.org.uk/shuv/farehamsda.html

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Odd sights

Posted in Walking on February 23, 2011 by thecognitivekey

Interesting things are walks, you can see all sorts of things going on.

On Sunday while on my short circular walk (just under 3 miles, out of the village and back) I saw a pair of jays. I do see the odd jay in the garden when I throw bread out, but this is the first time I have seen a pair.

Yesterday, while on the same short route, I was trying to spot a woodpecker which I could hear in the trees, when I came across a chap having a crap. I wouldn’t have noticed at all as he was deep in the undergrowth but my noisy walk must have disturbed him and so he was rushing to pull his trousers up, and it was the movement that announced his presence. He didn’t look my way and I wasn’t looking his way any longer. I just walked on past. What is the etiquette in these circumstances? A jolly, ‘Nice weather for it!’ or some other inanity or what. Poor chap must have been desperate as he could have driven his van into Wickham in 5 minutes and taken all the time in the world without interruption from walkers. Though I do hope he cleared up after him, it’s bad enough with the ignorant dog walkers leaving their mess everywhere.