Barton Fields in February

In January I suggested a monthly visit to The Barton Fields Nature Reserve and here we are in February.
Barton Fields in February
The Thames Path runs along one side of Barton Fields. It is wet and muddy.
Barton Fields in February
The marshy ponds have become more extensive after the recent rain.
Barton Fields in February
The Sustrans Route 5 cycle way runs along the other side. A lot of the trees and bushes arch over the cycle way with their show of blossom.
Barton Fields in February
Small leaves are also appearing from the wood.
Barton Fields in February
The hay, reported in this blog last autumn, has been left in piles which provide an area for some animals to over-winter.
Barton Fields in February
The only mammal I saw, apart from the people and dogs out on walks, was a squirrel, and it was well hidden.
Barton Fields in February
There were lots of birds. In one area of bushes, near a pond, there were lots of Tits and Goldfinches flying from perch to perch. On further investigation I discovered they were attracted by bird feeders hung from a tree.
Barton Fields in February
On the notice boards, at either end of Barton Fields, a talk is being advertised. It is about a Floodplain Meadow Project run by BBOWT. So that could have some ideas for Barton Fields where a wild flower area is being established.

Normally members of the Abingdon Naturalists’ Society also talk about sightings they have made seen since the last meeting. I wonder what they have seen in Barton Fields during February.

2 thoughts on “Barton Fields in February

  1. David

    A Barn Owl has been hunting over Barton Fields recently.
    Visitors are very welcome to come along to our talks at Christ Church Hall on the last Wednesday of each month.

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  2. The Lady

    There is so much in the press regarding affordable ..homes one should look at Magnet close and see the state of these affordable homes! This is off subject but needs to be addressed

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