Ranger News May 2013

Tuesday 4th June 2013

Ranger News

This May has been gorgeous. It is my favourite month with cow parsley in the lanes throughout the month and great patches of bluebells by the end, also wild garlic nestling under the hedges.

I heard my first cuckoo at the beginning of the month and actually saw one on Burrington Ham a few weeks later.

It was busier early on, and I met a fossil hunter in the pull-in near Rock of Ages, last week I hardly met a soul. Litter about average, though why there should be any! I talked to a couple and hopefully helped them on their way, they had a badly described route and no map, it must be so difficult to describe a walk that you know really well, it needs other people to walk it before it is published.  (See the series of downloadable walks – with maps – on the AONB website Visiting the Mendip Hills  page).I managed to find some wet paths on the north side of Black Down and had to retrace my steps, I had missed a path. Last week I went on a path to the north of where I usually go, and ended up in an enormous meadow with bluebells, a vivid blue in contrast with the acid green of the trees, there, oak was arguably before the ash. There was a look out stand there as well, for wide games?

I counted 35 ponies on Blackdown, through binoculars from Burrington Ham, also clocked bilberries, wild strawberry, bugle, violets, not through binoculars…

As I said a gorgeous month, and a big contrast to this time last year

May 2013