One of the best places to see birds of prey in the country

One of the best places to see birds of prey in the country

Blakehill Nature Reserve features in a guide put together by the Wildlife Trust of great places to see raptors in the UK. Blakehill Nature Reserve is just a 10 minute drive from the Lower Mill Estate. Short-eared owls are often seen hunting over the meadow. Short-eared owls are unlike many other owls in that they can often be seen hunting during the day. Their very good sight and hearing is good enough to locate a small mammal in the undergrowths. This amazing photo was taken by local wildlife photographer Dave Soons.

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Starling Murmurations

Starling Murmurations

It's starling murmuration season again (this runs from late autumn through the winter). The occurs as the local populations of starlings are boosted by their European cousins arriving to escape the harsh Scandinavian winter. A starling murmuration is an amazing sight, with huge flocks forning into an amazing acrobatic mass before roosting.

There have been huge gatherings of starlings over the lakes of the Cotswold Water Park over the last few days, with flocks in excess of 50,000 being reported. Amazing!

This is a great article giving tips about how to photograph their antics! http://www.theguardian.com/travel/gallery/2014/dec/09/starling-murmurations-how-to-photograph-in-pictures

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Fireworks – Ashton Keynes

Fireworks – Ashton Keynes

The 2015 Bonfire Night and Fireworks display takes place at Bradstone Playing Field today, Saturday 8th November. The fun begins at 4:30pm. Included are a BBQ, bar, glow performer, music from the fantastic Barking Chickens as well as food stalls. The evening ends with a wonderful firework display.

Tickets cost £6 in advance £8 on the day), children £4 (£6 on the day) Tickets are available in advance from the village shop.

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