While doing yet another tetrad near Three Oaks the other day, I happened upon a flock of at least 14 Yellowhammers on a fallow field at the corner of the A259 & Butcher’s Lane (TQ848156). It’s a place I would never have visited otherwise, though the area between here and Fourteen Acre Lane was very busy with finches, thrushes and pigeons.
We had the misfortune to walk alongside the main road in order to get from one (disappearing) footpath to another. The road is winding, narrow and devoid of footway - essentially a no-go zone for anyone without a car. That’s what some of the drivers seemed to think. Although our area is generally well served with footpaths, and most of them are clearly signed, I’ve found several which marked just by tyre-marks in the earth, which can only be seen if you’re at the right angle.
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