Ingram Valley Farm, snuggly located within the Breamish Valley, offers a variety of activities and experiences, perfect for a family day trip or a couple’s weekend getaway!
In the merry, merry month of May…
Since Spring began springing in March a lot has happened in the countryside. And, for me, the month of May is a particularly pleasing one to see what’s going on. There are lots of hedgerow flowers and the hawthorns are in full bloom. Simply brill!
Hare today at Brandon
Saw this brown hare (Lepus europaeus) briefly in open farmland between Brandon and Ingram.
Hares are fairly easy to identify (is it a rabbit or is it a hare?) by their long, black-tipped ears and relatively large size – they grow from 50-70cm long. It has a golden-brown coat and a white tail.
Roe deer in the valley
Another sure sign that Spring is springing is the more frequent sightings of deer in the valley.
On one of my cycle rides to Ingram, I saw these roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) on the bank at the bottom of one of the Branton East Side farm’s fields.
Vipera berus slip slidin’ away
Having only just seen my first adder late on in the season (15 April 2023), I came across this one the following day – also at Branton Lakes Nature Reserve.
Adders at Branton Lakes
We’re well into April now and I’ve only just seen my first adder of the season! This isn’t for any peculiar nature phenomenon – such as the snakes emerging much later – but rather that I hadn’t had an opportunity to go looking for them until yesterday.
Branton’s Back Adder II
One week on from seeing my first adder of the 2022 season, I’ve spotted a couple of others. They’re pretty much in the same spot along the south-facing bank close to the entrance to the Branton Lakes Nature Reserve.
Back Adder Feb 2022
Ah…it’s always a sign that Spring is just around the corner – when the adders come back. Seeing your first adder of the season means that Spring is just around the corner. And yesterday (27 Feb 2022), I did indeed see my first – just the one, and here it is:
I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it
An expression that means you will not worry about a possible future problem but will deal with it if it happens (Cambridge Dictionary, 2021)
Question: How does a hare cross a river?
Answer: Why, using the footbridge, of course!