Abbey Meadows

Abbey Meadows

Monday, 20 April 2015

Upper Coquetdale

Saturday was a glorious day and we had a family day out in Upper Coquetdale and climbed to the Border ridge and over Windy Gyle returning to Barrowburn via Rowhope. Lovely walk with a few spring birds to look at and excellent refreshments at the Barrowburn tea room. On the way home called in to Harwood forest and spent some time around the Gibbet area and luckily a female Goshawk was in the air but was flying away from me over Ottercops and East behind Harwood Head. A pair of Stonechats at the Gibbet were nice. Back at Windy Gyle on the Heathery slopes we came across a ground beetle Carabus nitans which was a new species for me. Three Ravens making strange croaking and clucking noises near the summit was the only sound in an otherwise silent landscape. Over 30 wild goats in the Mozie Law area was the most I have come across.


Stewart said...

Thats a fantastic beetle Nige, never seen that one before...

abbey meadows said...

Thanks Stew...It was new to me but I have seen a picture on someone's blog from Simonside a few years back so I knew what it was. I found a beetle in the garden yesterday which I have just identified so I will post it tomorrow or Tuesday when I sort the pics out.