In January the Bird & Wildlife Group held the first of their planned, regular visits covering an area to the east and west of Burnham Marina and incorporating the local Riverside Park; the area, which the group is calling ‘Our Patch’. The plan is to record the birds, wildflowers, trees and any other wildlife seen at intervals throughout the year. They also aim to encourage others to enjoy the countryside and appreciate what’s around them and therefore these outings are open to any member of the U3A who would like to join them.
The winter had so far been mild and wet with very few frosts, no snow and no significant spells of cold weather. Today a light rain fell first thing and it remained calm and overcast for most of the day. Later a watery sun broke through but the temperature didn’t rise above 5°C. Several group members and two potential new members to the U3A spent over two hours walking the route and recording what they saw; there were some surprises.
We headed west beside the railway line where rosehips hung on the bushes to our right and another burst of red came from the new growth from a variety of cornus.