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Pinnick Encounter

Monday, April 18th, 2011

A spring evening walk from Little Linford Inclosure through the peace and tranquility of the far reaches of Pinnick Wood with a very special surprise thrown in!

The path through Little Linford Inclosure looking back towards the gate to Linford Bottom

The path through Little Linford Inclosure looking back towards the gate to Linford Bottom. Everything is green and fresh with the spring flush of birch and beech leaves.

From the top of Little Linford Inclosure looking down into Picket Bottom

From the top of Little Linford Inclosure I look down into Picket Bottom. The day has been hot and the heat haze has leached the colour out of the trees and bushes.

The stand of holly trees on Marrowbones Hill

I head out onto the plain and to Marrowbones Hill where there is a lovely stand of holly trees giving shade from the heat.

A tall, straight birch tree with a huge canker about fifteen feet off the ground

Leaving Marrowbones Hill and dropping down to skirt the edge of Pinnick Wood for a while, I go back into the trees and find this tall, straight birch tree with a huge canker about fifteen feet off the ground.

This end of Pinnick Wood is full of huge and majestic beech and oak trees, this is a fine specimen of beech just getting a crown of leaves

This end of Pinnick Wood is full of huge and majestic beech and oak trees, this is a fine specimen just getting a crown of leaves.

At the top end of Pinnick Wood there is a group of huge birch trees

At the top end of Pinnick Wood there is a group of huge birch trees towering above me.

More beech trees coming into acid green leaf

More beech trees coming into acid green leaf.

Beautiful beech trees in this lonely and quiet area

I’m surrounded by peace, tranquility and the mighty beech trees in this lonely and quiet area.

All of a sudden there is an explosion of sound in the undergrowth. I look round and get the rare sight of a badger behind disappearing around a fallen tree. A wonderful thing to happen, but, unbelieveably, I realise that he hasn’t run far and is peeking at me from underneath the fallen trunk. I have my camera, I have Harry on the lead and amazingly….

Badger!

…I have a picture of him! Not a good photo, but who cares? I have a photo of a badger!

He didn’t stay around for long and my next shot was empty of stripes, I let him get away a bit and then continue with my walk.

The wonder of the depths of the ancient and ornamental woodland in spring

The wonder of the depths of the ancient and ornamental woodland in spring.

An old tree root, just one of nature's sculptures

An old tree root, just one of nature’s sculptures.

Coming out of the bottom of Pinnick Wood, the late sun shines through the new leaves of the trees turning them to gold

Coming out of the bottom of Pinnick Wood, the late sun shines through the new leaves of the trees turning them to gold.

On the open and green meadows of Green Ford, new growth is tinged with light

On the open and green meadows of Green Ford, new growth is tinged with light.

As I walk alongside Great Linford Inclosure, the sun is filtered through the tall trunks of the pine trees

As I walk alongside Great Linford Inclosure, the sun is filtered through the tall trunks of the pine trees.

It casts wonderful colours over the old bracken

It casts wonderful colours over the old bracken.

The trees around Linford Brook, this place is magical in the early evening in spring

The trees around Linford Brook, this place is magical in the early evening in spring.

The path down to the bridge across the brook

The path down to the bridge across the brook.

Harry beside Linford Brook by the car park

Back to the car park and Harry ponders a dip in the brook before getting into the car.


2 Responses to “Pinnick Encounter”

  1. Derek Lefley Says:

    Hi,
    I came through (quite literally and rather messily after all the rain) Buckherd Bottom and down to the edge of Pinnick Wood on Sunday during a rare day this winter of bright blue sky, and spring-like warmth. Was stunned and charmed by the beauty and size of the Oak’s here, although quite a few seemed to have fallen victim in whole or part to the gales and storms of December. I didn’t see a badger yet but came across their Set – or one set anyway. I will definitely be back there soon early morning to see if I can get some shots with my camera. Have always wanted to get a badger or two on – well digital now!

  2. Rowena Says:

    Hi Derek
    Thanks for looking at the site and taking the time to share your comments. I haven’t been right up to the top of Pinnick Wood since the worst of the gales, but can imagine that there are a few that couldn’t withstand the onslaught.

    I love that wood because it is accessible, but out of the way and so peaceful. I know where the sett is, but haven’t seen any since my little friend there.

    Happy badger spotting!

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