The Lower Mill Estate is a 550 acre estate and private nature reserve. It is made up of many lakes which each have their own character. The largest, Somerford Lagoon, is the lake that Daisy Chain looks out on. During the summer months it can be canoed and sailed on. During the winter it is closed to boating so that overwintering birds can use it without being disturbed, making it a great place for birdwatching. Other lakes can be used all year round. This photo was taken from Daisy Chain.
That was how William Morris described Bibury, the charming picturesque village in the Cotswolds. The River Coln flows through Bibury and lies between the main street in the village and a watermeadow known as Rack Isle. The river, being close to the Trout farm in the village is full of trout, and the river is home to black swans. It’s a beautiful village to spend time in, and definitely one to put on your itinerary when visiting the Cotswolds.
A video for you this morning so that you can hear the dawn chorus. The forecast was for a grey start to the day on Friday, so when I peeked through the curtains at Daisy Chain just to check that there wasn’t a sunrise I was very excited to find this! When I opened the window the full sound of the dawn chorus was revealed! Enjoy 10 seconds of the magic of Daisy Chain.
We’ve enjoyed watching huge flocks of starlings over the lake in front of Daisy Chain this week. It’s really exciting when they all come in to roost in the reeds in front of the house…and then, apparently on a whim, all leave again.
And Nobody Really Knows Why
Starling murmurations are one of nature’s true spectacles
Having just watched a clip on the local news about scientists doing a study to find out why starlings perform these amazing displays of random choreography, I’m inclined to think it should remain a mystery: let’s just enjoy!