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Dawn over Moor Green 4.45 am on the 22nd April 2017

A cool morning but not unpleasantly so, and dry. At precisely 5.00 am a north westerly breeze blows by adding some discomfort.


5 of us wait at the gates, expecting more and thinking most have overslept - often the case with dawn chorus promises.

30 more eargerly awaiting souls are inside the gates - we meet up and early morning greetings are made.

'The Dawn' is a somewhat primitive time of day- and what a strange moment and place to meet, yet, although we mostly know each other, we are briefly strangers in the twilight - 
Dawn has no precise time, we figured, and is dependent on weather conditions; if the sky is full of dark clouds the daybreak may be thwarted for a while. 

By 5.15 am the day began to break, leading me to think that perhaps dawn is from the moment the light changes until Sunrise, which is predictable and today it was precisely 5.54 am
"We are here today to listen and then look"

The chattering continues and I don't wish to spoil their moment.










The Mistle…

Ten Acres Revisited- once again

The Ten Acres site is a historic backwater on the west bank of River Rea at Stirchley; a seemingly 'unloved' area with no immediate neighbouring human community, although, somewhat contradictory, a much loved site by those in the know.

In terms of wildlife, Ten Acres is a veritable haven, with much of the site receiving little in the way of footfall or disturbance - a single, unkempt and at times muddy path being the only option of traverse, with thorny blackthorn either side keeping walkers on track. Therefore there is little 'off the beaten track' exploitation.

East bank -  On the east side of the river we have another largely undisturbed swathe of land, containing grassland scrub and tall herbaceous vegetation, together with a number of planted fruit trees. Bullfinches thrive here, feeding on the early spring blossoms.
The site as a whole (east and west of river) is therefore rich in both plant and animal species, and a great asset to the neighbouring residents. The eas…

Springing along in 2017

A Random mix of images from the Rea Valley, past and present - make of them what you will - there's not always a specific theme, other than - the natural aspect of the areachanges over timeobservation of small detailsa world on our doorstepdiscovery biodiversitypeople together with a few urban gems, many of which will never get a mention -