Another dreary , miserable day today , but fortunately , yesterday's hedgelaying , in the heart of the Cotswolds , was dry and at times sunny , but also a biting wind . It was an invitation event , where 56 layers from several parts of the country , layed 560 metres of hedge , in their own different styles . Us members of the Surrey Hedgelaying Group layed in South of England style , on what I would call a very variable section , right at the furthest distance from the the car park . Closest to the car park were the Midland style layers , where they clean off the face side of everything layed and leave all the brash on the field side of the hedge , and also have a rope binding across the top of the layed hedge , as opposed to our plait type binding .
But my favourite style on show there , was the Welsh Borders , with a very solid looking hedge , containing a lot of 'dead' , discarded branches , in it's construction , that isn't allowed in either of the other two styles , but it does mean that even a small lamb would not be able to get through it . And , where was all this going on ? At the property of a very well known landowner who lives in the area . Surprisingly , as I had gone down with a filthy cold and sore throat the night before , I managed a 3rd. place in my Class , and was presented with my certificate by the landowner . After leaving the competition , large flocks of Fieldfares were seen on the fields as we headed for the M4 , and along the motorway , 4/5 Common Buzzards and one Red Kite were spotted .
I did that quick post on Friday before travelling down to stay in Cirencester over night . Since getting back , I have had a good look at all the shots taken at Mote Park , and am posting two more of the two target species . The first is of the Water Rail , feeding just behind a Moorhen , and surprised me how much difference there is in size between the two . And another of the Jack Snipe , still dozing , in amongst the vegetation on the bank . It would have been great to get a few shots of it out in the open , but I feel privileged to have seen it at all .
And finally , a shot of the only other thing that was moving on the old pond last Friday morning , a Wren that was constantly on the move , searching for anything edible .
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