Did you know owls eat their prey whole and then cough up the bits of bone and fur as pellets? Hope you aren’t eating your breakfast! It’s just one of the slightly gory but interesting facts we discovered while following the Halloween trail at the RSPB’s Strumpshaw Fen Reserve.
Freya was hooked before we even entered the woodland when the words “you need to collect six stamps” were mentioned but the self-guided nature trail included loads of fun activities, including the chance to make a boggart (a mischievous goblin-like entity).
As if that wasn’t enough, completing all the challenges earns a small trick or treat prize at the end.
We’ve been to several events at the reserve and always enjoy them. I think this one was even more fun for Freya because she went in her Halloween costume (and wellies).
What I loved is that it takes you into the beautiful woodland, which had been decked out with pumpkins and lanterns, and is a great way to get young children (and adults) to interact with nature. It was also a lovely day and the light made everything look just that little bit more magical.
If you’re looking for a half-term activity in Norfolk this week, it comes highly recommended.
Please click here to go to the Strumpshaw website where all the dates and times, plus prices are listed.
If this is the last butterfly I get to photograph this year, I don’t think I’ll be too disappointed. The comma, with its jagged wings and wonderful orange colouring, is one of my favourites. Also, I got to see a swallowtail for the first time in May so any butterfly beyond that was just a bonus.
My brother popped in yesterday, in between a business trip to Holland and returning to the US where he lives. We decided to go to Strumpshaw Fen to get him some fresh air before he is stuck on planes again.
Luckily it was a beautiful, warm day – and lots of little friends, along with the comma, were out to play.
I was also rather in love with the light in general, without wanting to sound too pretentious. Autumnal, would you say?
As always, I’ve joined in with Darren’s brilliant My Sunday Photo linky. Please click on the camera below to see what other people have submitted. It’s always worth it.
Also, if you have five minutes, please pop back tomorrow when I’ve got another Behind The Book post, this time featuring the wonderful writer and blogger, Lucy Mitchell. Just in case you missed the return of the series last week, following my summer break, here’s a link to my interview with Richard Balls.
“Oh, you’ve just missed one,” has been a familiar sentence for the last two years.
It seems I was always in the right place but at the wrong time to see a swallowtail butterfly – until this week.
Mark had Monday off and we went to Strumpshaw Fen where there had been reports of a swallowtail or two being ‘on the wing’. I have to say, I didn’t have much hope – especially as the sun went behind the clouds just as we arrived.
We walked to the spot where they had been sighted (and where a little cluster of photographers with huge lenses were camped) and after about a minute one flew in. Honestly, my heart soared at the sight of it – especially after the stress of last week.
We stopped long enough for me to snap a couple of photos and then carried on our walk. I was deliriously happy. Then, as we were walking along, another flew over the top of us. My shriek of delight probably scared most of the wildlife in the vicinity away.
I did spot this little one fluttering about.
A nice man, who we had been chatting to about the butterflies, told me it was a banded demoiselle. Isn’t he stunning? Nice man showed me the photos he had taken on his camera with his big lens and the detail was mind-blowing.
Still, I’m pleased with what I snapped. I think this one might be a favourite.
I hope you’ve had a good week. Please click on the camera below to see what other people have submitted for Darren’s My Sunday Photo link up.