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A walk round Gooseman's Field.

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Speckled Wood
It's all too easy to dash to places near and far in search of exciting wildlife to see and photograph and often we ignore our immediate locality. Despite living in a typical suburban environment we are quite close to the edge of town. A walk round the corner and through the local cemetry, itself a haven for widlife takes me to Gooseman's Fields, two areas of unimproved meadowland. This is a regular running route but it was also interesting on a beautiful morning to take it at a slightly slower pace to see what was about. I was pleased to see plenty of early butterflies - whites, small tortoiseshell, peacocks, at least 5 speckled wood and two holly blues. Although I only had my 500 lens with me I even managed to get a half acceptable photograph of a speckled wood. There were also at least five singing male whitethroats, chiffchaff, willow warbler and plenty of linnets. An excellent couple of hours without taking the car out!