Sixteen members and 1 guest met at the end of Storm Katie in the Coln Nature Reserve between Fairford and Lechlade for a 7 mile walk. They set off walking around half of Bowmoor Lake, spotting the first of the swifts arriving, (probably assisted by Storm Katie!), before branching off towards Whelford Nature Reserve, where coffee break was taken in the bird watching hide.
The walk continued through Whelford village, heading for the Bowmoor Plantation. Here a short diversion was taken as G.C.C. had an emergency closure on the path due to fallen trees. They continued across waterlogged fields towards Dudgrove Farm, stopping on the bridge over the River Coln for a second coffee break. The route continued onto the diverted paths through Lakes for Yoo, past the new wooden houses, arriving back at Bowmoor Lake by taking the new path around the other half of the lake and Coln Nature Reserve, and back to the start.
Ready to walk from Coln Country Park
Walking around Bowmoor Lake
Stuart demonstrate the ingenious Bird Sounds machine
Fields are a bit waterlogged!
Tricky locked gate to negiotate
Coffee break by the River Coln