Around Painswick

Sunday 1st April 2007


On a lovely sunny day I did a circular walk with Linda around Painswick, starting at the Royal William, over the beacon, into the village and returned along Painwick Stream. Out of the breeze it felt like Summer. The return leg along the stream was stunning, and packed with wildlife. Three Buzzards gave good views overhead just out of the village and there was a Dipper near Damsells Mill. Most unexpected of all was a Natterer's Bat feeding over the millpond near Tocknells Court mid-afternoon.

I nailed the ID from the 'red arms' seen in some angles, the white underneath contrasting with the brownish-buff upperparts, and the size and shape of the ears (I have added a couple of links to useful bat websites). There were quite a few butterflies too on the walk, at least four Brimstones, three Small Tortoiseshells and two Commas (photos: Paul Masters).

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