Wildlife seasons: Gaywood

Spring in the Gaywood Valley, and the woods and heathlands are filled with birdsong. Early butterflies are on the wing, and other insects emerging. Flowers are beginning to bloom and trees coming into leaf.

Summer sees a flurry of activity as the breeding season gets into full swing. Birds busily bring food to their nests, while spectacular butterflies and dragonflies abound.

Autumn sees more birds on the move, with thrushes and wildfowl arriving from their northern breeding grounds. The leaf-strewn woodland floor is full of fungi, the berry bushes full of fruit.

Winter sees roving flocks of finches and tits feeding among the birch woods, while lapwings and golden plover gather on the fields.


Spring in the Gaywood Valley. A time of new beginnings, as the heathlands, woods and parks start to stir with plant and animal life.
The heat of the heath contrasts with the cool shade of the verdant woodlands. Adders and common l...
The heathland is a riot of purple heather, which contrasts with the white of birch trunks, and th...
The air is crisp, the wind off The Wash biting. Flocks of geese pass noisily overhead, while bird...

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