Fortunately Sandra & Marge had planned this walk to stay mostly on the gravel tracks of Dames Slough Enclosure in order to avoid the deep mud and standing water that they’d found on the grassy rides and other footpaths when doing a recce. When we set off it was a cloudy 7°C but the sun soon broke through and provided a little more warmth.
There was a little bird song from several species - Robin, Goldcrest, Great Tit - reminding us that it’s not that long until spring arrives. The mosses on the woodland floor and on the trackside banks were thriving after the wet weather of recent weeks. Angela found an oak twig with one leaf completely unfurled and others beginning to emerge, perhaps as a result of just having experienced the mildest December since records began.
Bird noted included: Buzzard, Robin, Blackbird, Goldcrest (below), Blue Tit, Great Tit , Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Magpie and Bullfinch.