Thursday, 20 September 2012
Local walk in Bath
Lyncombe Vale and Perrymead
Where the path joined Entry Hill we turned left up a steep path lined in places with tall beech trees where stock doves were noted. Coming out on top we had a fine view of Lyncombe Vale and Perrymead valley looking across old pasture now rapidly being invaded by creeping thistle, with bramble spreading out from the edges. Fleabane and hemp agrimony were noted. A long-winged conehead was ‘detected,’ and speckled wood butterflies were seen. Some of the false oat grass was suffering from rust. A brief climb to the top of the slope brought us suddenly into the suburbs of Foxhill. From here it was all downhill along Foxhill Road and Perrymead where I had seen roe deer in a garden the day before. Red admirals were in the gardens.
Near the bottom of Perrymead we turned right up Blind Lane to the new entrance to the Abbey Cemetery which was built in the 1840’s and is now managed to retain the wildlife as well as many notable monuments. Hemp agrimony and rosebay willowherb covered much of the ground between the tombstones. A fine stand of the grass wood melick was noted under the trees and a large badger sett was pointed out. A southern hawker dragonfly was noted. Back at the garden centre we noted the greater horsetail, purple loosestrife, hemlock water-dropwort and meadowsweet along the streamsides by the car park. Kingfishers are often seen here, but not today.
Posted by steve curtis at 1:41:00 pm