I moved the cattle from the north to south marsh for an appointment with the vet in the Top Field early next week. Below is a short video:

Mink going in and out of the River Stour last night.

Lunch Break

Lunch break on the North Riverside Pasture

I am sharing something a little different today: an opportunity to view the close countryside south of Wilden Marsh Nature Reserve. 

The River Stour and the Staffordshire and Worcester Canal flow through Wilden Marsh on their 1.5-mile journey south-west to the 220 miles long River Severn. There are many nature reserves and open green spaces surrounding Wilden Marsh Nature Reserve. At the north end of the site, a steam railway crosses on the historical, tall, red-brick Falling Sands Viaduct. 1.5 miles to the north-west is the award-winning 81 hectares West Midlands Safari Park packed with a wide variety of large and small wild animals. Worcestershire Wildlife Trust manages at least 75 nature reserves around the county.

The weather last Wednesday morning was sunny, not too warm, with an early autumn feel about it. Gill and I decided it would be an ideal opportunity for a walk down the River Severn at Stourport-on-Severn to Holt Fleet Bridge and back. The building of Stourport-on-Severn was completed in 1768, it is the only purpose-built canal town in the United Kingdom.

Using my iPhone, I shot numerous stills and videos along the way. I have put together a short video that, I hope, shows some of the natural and historic beauty of my locality.

The Rangers drove the cattle from Falling Sands Nature Area, across Hoo Brook bridge and onto Hoo Brook Pasture this afternoon. The herd gave me the run-around when I took them over to Falling Sands a couple of weeks ago, I thought it prudent to ask the Rangers to return it to Wilden Marsh.

I checked the north marsh boundary fences this evening before opening the gates to North Corral, Northern Corridor, North Pond Pasture and the Swamp.

The herd was waiting in Hoo Brook Corridor on my return from checking the fences. Having been moved once today, they weren’t too keen on listening to me. Waynetta was quick to respond to my call, though, followed by Brutus, surprisingly. The others were reluctant to move out of the corridor. It was getting dark, so I left them to get on with it and went home.

It’s now time for the herd to begin the all-important winter grazing.

I recorded my journey around the north end of the marsh with my iPhone, should anyone be interested in seeing it. The video starts in Hoo Brook Pasture, moves along to the southern end of the Northern Corridor, returning through North Pasture, stopping at North Pond, and ending in Hoo Brook Corral.

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