As it turns out this was my final autumnal Sunday stroll, as winter has arrived with a vengeance – well that’s my opinion anyway – I much prefer the warmth of summer. If what the forecasters are predicting (worst winter in decades) comes to fruition, then at least it may bring opportunities for some interesting wintry images. Anyway, I digress, the images below were taken at Marsworth reservoir in Buckinghamshire on a reasonably sunny day, which brought out the vibrant colours of the mallards. What appeared to be a young grey heron showed itself on the other side of the canal bank. It happily posed for me, which I like to imagine was down to its fascination at the numerous gulls diving and fighting for the scraps of bread that were on offer.
Oak Farm Animal Park, Aylesbury, to be precise, where I took my 8 month old grandson in the hope that he would enjoy it as much as I did. Perhaps one day when he is older he will look back on these photos and realise what a great time he had that day. A child friendly farm where all the animals are clearly looked after. Certainly worth a visit.
Tiggywinkles, the world’s busiest wildlife hospital is located in Haddenham, Buckinghamshire. It is a specialist hospital dedicated to rescuing and treating many species of British wildlife including hedgehogs, wild birds, foxes, badgers and deer. Those that recover well are released back into the wild and those with injuries that would leave them vulnerable to predators if released, are cared for and looked after by the hospital twenty four hours a day. The staff were helpful, knowledgeable and took time out to talk about the various species – they clearly care very much about their patients. Surprisingly, Tiggywinkles receives no government funding and purely relies on its membership funding and donations from the public. Admission is a paltry £4.50, which when you consider the worthy work this Hospital carries out is a very small price to pay. If you can’t visit then why not make a donation via their website at: http://www.sttiggywinkles.org.uk/