On Tuesday 9th April I decided I would take a trip up to Okeford Hill to see if the Bluebells were flowering, the ones locally in the Hedgerows are well out but they are sheltered with a more sunny location.
We have had a lot of haze across the valley and very cold mornings with a frost nearly every morning. I nearly stopped at Bere Marsh as the mist was rising from the river and looked very nice but I was on a mission so I carried on to Okeford Hill. As usual by the time I got to Okeford Fitzpaine it was clear but as I went up the hill again it was quite foggy.
A good walk over the fields to Bonsley wood, a lovely morning I spotted a Fox crossing the path in the distance, there were Roe deer about and the Skylarks were singing.
The Bluebells were just starting to come out, it will need a week or two before they are at their best, depending how the weather is, they last much longer if it stays cold.
Then it was time to go back home and get my and Tilly’s breakfast so a walk back across the field to the top of Okeford Hill. The edges of the field have been left wild backed by Country Stewardship incentive, which encourages farmers to look after their environment and it was nice to see lots of cowslips flowering and hopefully we will see more wildlife and wildflowers as the year progresses. Just like the Yellowhammers, I usually see some pairs up there when I go and I wasn’t disappointed this time. I managed to get a picture of a lovely yellow male on a Beech twig in the fog.
I will be up there again shortly hoping for some early sun rays through the Beech trees.