Long overdue return the Charlecote Park

Sunday 15th Sept, Mrs PR had a weekend off, (sadly she has to work at least one day over the weekend), so all chores were done and dusted Saturday, leaving Sunday for a day out together.

I'm sure we're no different to many households, trying to decide where to go, and the danger is, you can spend the time debating and not going anywhere....

Well, a couple of places were mentioned, then at the same time, we both said Charlecote Park for the deer, so it was to be.

Sadly these days, being able to get on to places like Big Moor, where I know Bob frequents, and I think someone else has recently, are out of the question for me these days, so I have to make do with suitable alternatives.

Incidentally Bob, there's no sour grapes, quite the contrary, it's great to see your photos and Big Moor again, I have many happy memories and even happier that someone else can share their photos. If ever you're around any of the stone circles like Stoke Flat, Barbrook (yes there is a very small stone circle by the pumping station), Swines Sty, Curbar or Froggat Edges, drop a coupe of piccies in. 

In recent years, the fallow deer at Charlecote have been allowed in the public grounds, though there was a time when they were kept away from the public areas, but close enough to view comfortably.

The stag's were in the field along the main drag to the house, while the doe's were in a a field across the River Avon, and from what I gathered, the two can congregate together with ease. It is rutting time, so care and commonsense are required.

Whatever, I'd packed the big lens just in case they were much further away, and I made good use of the big lens, even though it was possible to get within metres of the stags and does.

While wandering to see the does, there was a flurry of activity above my head, close to the house, lots and lots of house martins flying around, so the big lens came in useful again....

I'll bore you no more, and let you see some of the photos.....

The stags at rest, my first view of them

And the does, feeding away...

And the house martins, not the 80's pop group either....

Whilst enjoying a cuppa at Charlecote, this red legged shield bug befriended me. I did try to encourage it to find its home, but it seemed to want to sit on my lap, and at one point, decided to make its home in the big lens bag, which I only discovered when I went to take the lens out!

A couple of quickly grabbed photos on the phone....

This was what I saw when I took the lens from the case, one contented red legged shield bug...

Even after being encouraged to find a proper home, it was keen to get back to the lens case!

Mike

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  • Looks like you had a wonderful day out with your better half Mike and got lovely photo captures. The fallow bucks look magnificent with their wide antlers and as you say building up to rutting season so long lenses are pretty useful at this time of year ! I like the shield bug trying to smuggle into your camera lens bag - it was just making sure you took its photo lol I might have to pay a trip back to Tatton Park now that rutting season is upon us and take my Sherpa/deer stalker and watcher with me !   Forgot to say love the House Martins, especially three in a row !   

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    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • Some great pics of the Fallow Deer and House Martins. Either that shieldbug is looking for somewhere cosy or it's a keen photographer!

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    Nige   Flickr

  • Cracking shots Mike, I've never seen a Fallow Deer.

    Michael B said:
    If ever you're around any of the stone circles like Stoke Flat, Barbrook (yes there is a very small stone circle by the pumping station), Swines Sty, Curbar or Froggat Edges, drop a coupe of piccies in.

    I was up there the other day on White Edge and could have got some photos if I had known, do you have a Grid Reference for the circle at Barbrook and I'll see if I can find it.

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  • I've found it and will have a look next time I'm up there.

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  • Always liked Charlecote Park - it was one of our fairly local places whem we lived in Cheltenham. A place we like to call at for both Red and Fallow deer is Bradgate Park near Leicester - its very handy for just dropping off the M1 and has some beautiful walks and some very old trees . Good place for Green Woodpeckers too :)

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    Bob

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  • In reply to HAZY:

    HAZY said:

    Looks like you had a wonderful day out with your better half Mike and got lovely photo captures. The fallow bucks look magnificent with their wide antlers and as you say building up to rutting season so long lenses are pretty useful at this time of year ! I like the shield bug trying to smuggle into your camera lens bag - it was just making sure you took its photo lol I might have to pay a trip back to Tatton Park now that rutting season is upon us and take my Sherpa/deer stalker and watcher with me !   Forgot to say love the House Martins, especially three in a row !   

    Thank you Hazy.

    The shield bug certainly made sure it got in the picture....

    Mike

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  • In reply to Nigel O:

    Nigel O said:
    Some great pics of the Fallow Deer and House Martins. Either that shieldbug is looking for somewhere cosy or it's a keen photographer!

    Thanks Nige

    I did wonder if the shield bug was a budding model, trying to get on the modelling scene! 

    Mike

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  • In reply to Alan.:

    Alan. said:

    Cracking shots Mike, I've never seen a Fallow Deer.


    Michael B said:
    If ever you're around any of the stone circles like Stoke Flat, Barbrook (yes there is a very small stone circle by the pumping station), Swines Sty, Curbar or Froggat Edges, drop a coupe of piccies in.

    I was up there the other day on White Edge and could have got some photos if I had known, do you have a Grid Reference for the circle at Barbrook and I'll see if I can find it.


    I have seen the later reply, but I'll combine the two here.

    I was actually teasing, but if you do need the GR's, I do have them.

    Barbrook III, or Owler Bar as it is also known, is a very small stone circle, so small you would walk past it thinking just a few stones.

    I did question the info I'd read, but it seems some form of archaeological dig has taken place confirming its authenticity.

    Barbrook I                      SK 27860 75580

    Barbrook II                     SK 27750 75820

    Barbrook III/Owler Bar   SK 28313 77348

    Barbrook IV                   SK 28964 75614

    Barbrook V                    SK 26806 75123

    Stoke Flat                      SK 24965 76788

    Swine Sty                      SK 27092 75006

    Swine Sty was actually a settlement, while Stoke Flat Stone Circle and nearby cairn are not too far from the road to the Grouse inn

    You may have noticed some rather posh looking stones with inscriptions on, there is one on the path from Barbrook Res heading south about 800 mtrs towards a small overflow reservoir, they're called Companion Stones. That particular stone is known as the Deadshaw Sick Stone, looking like there's an effigy of an alien...

    Sorry, I've waffled.....

    Mike

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  • In reply to Bobs_Still_Retired:

    Bobs_Still_Retired said:
    Always liked Charlecote Park - it was one of our fairly local places whem we lived in Cheltenham. A place we like to call at for both Red and Fallow deer is Bradgate Park near Leicester - its very handy for just dropping off the M1 and has some beautiful walks and some very old trees . Good place for Green Woodpeckers too :)

    Bradgate is a place I need to get to.

    I former fellow walker lives not far from there and regularly visits.

    Charlecote used to have both red and fallow deer, and I thought they still had, until the ranger corrected me. I know they lost a lot of deer back in 2003 with the foot and mouth outbreak.

    I've yet to wander the proper wooded areas, but they are on the cards, one day, so I may see a green woodie sometime there....

    Mike

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