Boxing Day Walk by Catherine Evans :: 26th December 2013

Boxing Day Walk

It is traditional in our family to take a walk on Boxing Day. This year as the ground is so wet we had to find a route that avoided the fields so decided to head for Catherton Common, a circular walk of approximately 2 hours duration. The weather was fantastic and the views from the Common are stunning, my photograph doesn’t do it justice! We were lucky enough to see 3 buzzards and a red kite circling above the Common.

The Common has fabulous birdlife. Skylarks, linnets, meadow pipits and yellowhammers – birds that were once common everywhere but have vanished from many of their old haunts – can still be found on Catherton Common, singing from sky and tree. A vast pesticide-free area, it’s also a haven for bees, dragonflies and many other insects. The Common was bought by Shropshire Wildlife Trust in 2009 thanks to Public subscription and is now cared for by volunteers.

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