A Pearl-bordered Fritillary - photo by Dave J.
Ransoms in the background!
Moel Fammau and the Clwydian Range.
Distance:10.5 miles; Climb:963'.
Time:6 hours 01 minutes; On the move walking average:2.7 m.p.h.; Overall walk average:2.4 m.p.h.
Group:Martyn, Gordon, Tim, Celia, DaveJ, Sylvia and Georgie the Jack Russell and Phil Marsland (joining the group for the first time).
A good day for walking, not too hot, not too cold and even the odd spot of rain didn't make us feel like putting waterproofs on.
The pace all day, was for us, quite quick, although Phil did feel a little disppointed that it was less than 3.5 m.p.h.!
The highlight of the day must have been the sighting of a Pearl-bordered fritillary spotted as we crossed Eyarth Rocks Nature Reserve.
The second thing of note was the construction (in progress) of a huge water feature in front of Nant Clwyd Hall. it will be interesting to see how much has developed when we repeat the route next year.
This was definitely a Ramsons day, the woods everywhere were just dominated by flowering Ransoms. Many other flowers were seen today including, Bugle, Bluebell, Cowslip, early Purple Orchid, Arch angel as well as many varieties of daisy and Buttercups.
Birds seen or heard today included:Sand martin, Barn swallow, House martin, Carrion crow, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Blackbird, Blackcap, Garden warbler, Chiffchaff, Willow warbler, Blue tit, Robin, Great tit, Mallard, Pheasant, Chaffinch, Rook and Pied wagtail.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the We Three Loggerheads Inn at Loggerheads, where Blacksheep Bitter was the beer of choice.
Once again Richard's presence was missed by all of the group, hopefully it won't be long before he can rejoin us. You never know, he may even come to the We Three Loggerheads Inn for a drink afterwards!