Tuesday 10 January – Easter Compton Leader: Graham Blacker

Mud, glorious mud! We saw quite a bit of it and some areas were a challenge to negotiate. The walk started from the Fox Inn, leading past the church and across fields and areas of uncultivated rough pasture. Plenty of bird life was visible including Redwing, Fieldfare, flocks of Goldfinches and Blue Tit. We squelched along to reach a wooded area for our coffee break. Passing Berwick Lodge three Shovelers took flight from the pond area and Teal were heard calling. We then crossed the M5 via a small footbridge. Along the route we saw Goldcrest, Redwing, Fieldfare, and heard a Green Woodpecker call. At one point, nearing Hallen, Marsh Tit were heard calling but we couldn’t see them among the trees. We followed the Spanorium Skyway route which led under the M5, then back over to rejoin the route at Berwick Lodge and thus back to the start. Thanks to Graham for leading. Di Bunniss