Images of Fineshade Wood

 

Seen from the hide in 2018

 

The Wildlife Hide in Fineshade Wood is a popular place to see and take photos of wildlife.  You will find many pictures taken from the hide throughout this website but this gallery shows some of the particularly interesting ones that have been taken during 2018. As well as showing the wildlife they will also chart the course of the seasons, from the frozen and particularly long winter, through the warmer days of spring and summer, and on into autumn and winter once again.


Please, if you take any pictures from the hide in 2018, may we publish them here too?

 

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Forestry Commission course
Forestry Commission course

About 30 people attended a course run by FC on how to manage woodland for protected species. They gathered in front of the hide to discuss Great Crested Newts

Nuthatch
Nuthatch

These attractive birds often take food from right in front of the hide. Photo by Mattie-Lou Horne

Frozen pond
Frozen pond

Cold winds throughout February ensured that the pond was often frozen. Photo: Barrie Galpin

The beast arrives
The beast arrives

At the beginning of March "The Beast from the East" brought extremely low temperatures and, eventually, about 20cm of snow. Photo: Barrie Galpin

The way to the hide
The way to the hide

Photo: Barrie Galpin

Raven
Raven

The unmistakeable shape of a Raven seen flying over the hide in mid March Photo: Kurt Hellwing

Red Kite carrying grass
Red Kite carrying grass

Several pairs of Red KItes nest in Fineshade. This one was collecting grass to add to a nearby nest. Photo: Kurt Hellwing

Red Kite carrying a stick
Red Kite carrying a stick

One of eight Kites over the clearing, Photo: Kurt Hellwing

Moorhens
Moorhens

A pair of Moorhens have nested on the pond for several years. It seems that they managed to survive the harsh winter. Photo: Barrie Galpin

Buzzard
Buzzard

Buzzards now nest regularly in Fineshade. They are about the same size as Red Kites but have a very different shape Photo: Kurt Hellwing