Tag Archives: Compton Verney Grounds

Bird Watch Update

Our bird recording expert has been out exploring with notepad and pencil again, updating the list in respect of the birds who visit or reside at Compton Verney.

Whilst spotting, recording and snapping appears to be a simple process, I can testify personally to many failed attempts at capturing bird images, that’s why I share so many pictures of flowers and bees – they generally do stay in one place long enough for me to focus!

Alwyn has been recording at Compton Verney and nearby for many years now, and his knowledge of the preferred hunting ground for any given species, coupled with quick recognition of a bird in flight, and of course their bird song, means he is often in the right place at the right time. Even with this advantage however, it is still difficult to capture good images whilst out roving and recording. He manages to do it however, frequently, and I’m glad to share a few more example here. Enjoy!

More grounds images can be seen via the link to C V Grounds tag board – #CVGrounds

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Blue tit clinging to a tree in the Ice House Coppice, a woodland garden area at Compton Verney. © Compton Verney/Alwyn Knapton 2015

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November – The Landscape at Compton Verney

Welcome to this ‘November’ article, the eleventh in a series of posts which aim to review, through photographs, twelve months of activity in and around the diverse landscape of Compton Verney. It’s a historic landscape that has seen much change, from the shaping of the areas as new plants establish to the visual delight gained from one of a number of artistic interactions.

There are huge changes in the atmosphere from the busiest of open days to quiet days when just bird song can be heard. Either way, visually the landscape changes minute by minute and it’s wonderful to be there to experience it – and on occasion capture an image or two!

Links to other months will be added at the bottom of the page, but for now, I hope you enjoy ‘November – The landscape at Compton Verney’ :

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In November, mist is often seen hanging above the lake and dew coats everything in sight. It’s lovely and refreshing to be outside on days like these, especially when the sun tries its best to burn away the moisture. © Compton Verney / Gary Webb 2014

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Slash and Burn – In the coppice at Compton Verney.

Last week saw a another pruning and sorting session in the Ice House Coppice at Compton Verney and with damp ground all around, we opted to burn in-situ rather than cart all the cuttings through the site – which would have caused much grass disturbance.

Naturally the weather played its part and made proceeds ‘interesting’ shall we say, but a good days pruning and burning was had by all. Ahead of us now lies a large scale planting project to continue planting throughout the coppice. The eventual aim is to have tightly manicured shrubberies, with views through, over and around to one focal point or another.

Volunteer Dick Cluley keeping the heat going, staying quite rightly on the less smelly side of the bonfire! ©Compton Verney / Anne Harwood 2015

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October – The Landscape at Compton Verney

Welcome to this ‘October’ article, the tenth in a series of posts which aim to review, through photographs, twelve months of activity in and around the diverse landscape of Compton Verney. It’s a historic landscape that has seen much change, from the shaping of the areas as new plants establish to the visual delight gained from one of a number of artistic interactions.

There are huge changes in the atmosphere from the busiest of open days to quiet days when just bird song can be heard. Either way, visually the landscape changes minute by minute and it’s wonderful to be there to experience it – and on occasion capture an image or two!

Links to other months will be added at the bottom of the page, but for now, I hope you enjoy ‘October – The landscape at Compton Verney’ :

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Mid-autumn and we’re treated to a steady display of foliage in all the colours imaginable. The Limes of the west lawn are speckled all over with buttery yellow foliage; a few more drifting gradually to earth with every slight breeze. The stately London Plane, in contrast needs a stronger wind but nevertheless drops its huge leaves in shades of lime green through to russet brown. © Compton Verney / Gary Webb 2014

 

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September – The Landscape at Compton Verney

Welcome to this ‘September’ article, the ninth in a series of posts which aim to review, through photographs, twelve months of activity in and around the diverse landscape of Compton Verney. It’s a historic landscape that has seen much change, from the shaping of the areas as new plants establish to the visual delight gained from one of a number of artistic interactions.

There are huge changes in the atmosphere from the busiest of open days to quiet days when just bird song can be heard. Either way, visually the landscape changes minute by minute and it’s wonderful to be there to experience it – and on occasion capture an image or two!

Links to other months will be added at the bottom of the page, but for now, I hope you enjoy ‘September – The landscape at Compton Verney’ :

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Early Autumn arrives with its misty mornings, whilst the cattle in the North Park carry on ripping at the tufty parkland grass. © Compton Verney / Gary Webb 2014

 

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August – The Landscape at Compton Verney

Welcome to this ‘August’ article, the eighth in a series of posts which aim to review, through photographs, twelve months of activity in and around the diverse landscape of Compton Verney. It’s a historic landscape that has seen much change, from the shaping of the areas as new plants establish to the visual delight gained from one of a number of artistic interactions.

There are huge changes in the atmosphere from the busiest of open days to quiet days when just bird song can be heard. Either way, visually the landscape changes minute by minute and it’s wonderful to be there to experience it – and on occasion capture an image or two!

Links to other months will be added at the bottom of the page, but for now, I hope you enjoy ‘August – The landscape at Compton Verney’ :

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Don’t ask me his name, but some may remember this #CVGiraffe, one of a number who moved into the Ice House Coppice for the summer weeks. I can confirm that they’re doing well, and are enjoying the winter indoors at Compton Verney! © Compton Verney / Gary Webb 2014

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July – The Landscape at Compton Verney

Welcome to this ‘July’ article, the seventh in a series of posts which aim to review, through photographs, twelve months of activity in and around the diverse landscape of Compton Verney. It’s a historic landscape that has seen much change, from the shaping of the areas as new plants establish to the visual delight gained from one of a number of artistic interactions.

There are huge changes in the atmosphere from the busiest of open days to quiet days when just bird song can be heard. Either way, visually the landscape changes minute by minute and it’s wonderful to be there to experience it – and on occasion capture an image or two!

Links to other months will be added at the bottom of the page, but for now, I hope you enjoy ‘July – The landscape at Compton Verney’ :

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Some times you just have to sit down for a while to take stock, put the world right, chew over the task in hand, and decide as a team when the next break is due…. And also take a break from the back aching weed pulling in the coppice! © Compton Verney / Gary Webb 2014

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