Tomorrow is the 2nd anniversary of the Aylmerton Nature Diary blog… practically a ‘toddler’ already – how fast they grow up!
Yesterday afternoon I repeated my walk, around the boundaries of the parish, following the same route as last year: having entered the Felbrigg estate I headed through the Old Deer Park towards the western arm of the Victory V avenue, then north to cross the A148, turning left and followed Tower Road to Sandy Lane. Down Camp Lane to Roman Camp NT and Beacon Hill, 338ft above sea level and the highest point in the county. I then followed the line of the Cromer Ridge along a series of woodland paths as far as the quarry on Briton’s Lane, turned south to recross the A148 and down Bennington’s Lane, before turning left on to Mill Lane and up to the village cross. I then followed School Road as far as the Field Study Centre before re-entering Felbrigg Park at Keeper’s Cottage, following the Weaver’s Way through Common Plantation and down to Scarrow Beck. Finally, having crossed the stream, I headed up past the Lake to complete my journey along the path to the Old Deer Park. It took me about three and a half hours, from start to finish – a total distance of 12k.
Despite the brisk pace, I did manage to see 46 species of birds, several butterflies and more Willow Emerald Damselfly. The best of the birds were undoubtably a splendid Whinchat on the bushes along Scarrow Beck, as it flows across Aylmerton Common, a female-type Redstart along Mill Lane, in Oak trees, 50m west of the village cross and a Wheatear at the usual spot of The Warren. With this ‘trio’ of scarce migrants, I was reminded why Aylmerton parish is such a good place for wildlife and why I started this blog in the first place.
Thank you to all those people who have taken the time to read this blog over the past twelve months – I hope you continue to do so in the future.
Unfortunately, with only a compact camera in my pocket, I failed to get photos of any of the good birds!