Garden Visitors Again and a Hawes Water Wander

Eaves Wood – Hawes Water – Wildflower Meadow – West Coppice – Moss Lane – The Row – Hagg Wood


A Saturday morning and we have visitors in our garden. Two Roe Deer. They were there, on and off, all day, shuttling between our garden and our neighbour’s.

Much later, TBH and I head out for a wander around Hawes Water.

I found broken eggs when I was in the high fields above Roeburndale, and again on this occasion…


…it was quite a large egg, perhaps a Wood Pigeon’s? (I really know next to nothing about identifying eggs however, so this should be taken with a large pinch of salt. Always good with an egg anyway.)


By Hawes Water, the Bird’s-eye Primroses have just come into flower…


Although not all of them are there yet…


We extended our usual Hawes Water route slightly to cross one of Gait Barrow’s unimproved flower meadows and then turn back across the shoulder of high ground of Trowbarrow, joining Moss Lane much further down than we usually would, near to the row of former quarrymen’s cottages. Above the meadow, a Buzzard was wheeling…



In most of the fields, where fertiliser is regularly added, not many wildflowers prosper. Dandelions do well however.

When we were tidying up from our family tea, the two Roe Deer returned to the garden. One of them was not only eating the new leaves from our Sumach tree, but also rubbing her face against the branches. To help with the irritation of that moulting winter coat?


To our surprise, as we all stood at the kitchen windows watching they came up the garden towards us.


There is a price to pay for these visits, I noticed yesterday that some of our Aquilegias have been decapitated, shorn of their shapely purple flowers, but that’s something I can live with – and fortunately the Aquilegias have self-seeded all around the garden, so there are plenty more.

Garden Visitors Again and a Hawes Water Wander

2 thoughts on “Garden Visitors Again and a Hawes Water Wander

  1. I think I’ve probably said this before, but even though Deer are relatively common in the UK it’s still always a pleasure to see them up close. Good egg joke by the way. You should probably shell out on some kind of book to help you identify them.

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      Very droll. I’d be happy to have an identification guide for eggs.And one for caterpillars. Also snails. Definitely spiders. Lichen. A better tree book. Spending money on books is a particular skill of mine.

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