Friday, 22 April 2011

What to see in late April

Information and news about the spectacular local wildlife and unique
local history in and around Princes Risborough.

This glorious spring weather is providing us with some wonderful wildlife spectacles. For great views of migrant birds, many in full song, consider a visit to Lodge Hill which straddles the Ridgeway Path south of the town. In the scrubby areas listen out for Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs, Garden Warblers, Blackcaps, Whitethroats and Yellowhammers accompanied by the resident Linnets and Song Thrushes. I was also fortunate to hear a Grasshopper Warbler in full voice on the hill on Tuesday evening! Locally Brush Hill and Grangelands are good birding sites too.

Many of our spring butterflies are on the wing too. On chalk grassland look out for Grizzled and Dingy Skippers. Holly Blues and Green Hairstreaks favour scrubby areas and Commas, Peacocks and Small Tortoiseshells can be found in local woodland rides. Orange Tips, Green veined and Small Whites plus Brimstones are less fussy and flying throughout the local area. Helen and I found all these species at Grangelands this afternoon.
Green Hairstreak

Grizzled Skipper

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Annual Princes Risborough WALKING FESTIVAL
June 7th to 12th 2011

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