Domesday Revisited - 1986

1986ECOLOGY

 THIS AREA IS MAINLY CHALK DOWNLAND,   
 WIDE SHALLOW VALLEYS AND SLOW-FLOWING 
 STREAMS AND RIVERS.  THE AVON FLOWS   
 THROUGH THE VALLEY AND CONTAINS MANY  
 FISH, MAINLY TROUT.  THE STREAMS      
 MEANDER THROUGH THE OLD WATER-MEADOWS 
 AND ATTRACT SWANS, HERONS AND DUCKS TO
 FEED.  BLACK-HEADED GULLS FEED HERE IN
 THE WNTER.  MANY COMMON BIRDS NEST IN 
 THE AREA BUT THERE IS NO RECORD OF AY 
 RARE RESIDENT.  GREY SQUIRRELS,       
 WEASELS, STOATS,MICE,VOLES AND WATER  
 VOLES ARE COMMON.  ELMS USED TO BE    
 WIDELY DISTRIBUTED UNTIL DUTCH ELM    
 DISEASE.  NOW THE BEECH IS THE        
 COMMONEST TREE.  SYCAMORE,ASH         
 HAZEL,AND ALDER GROW HERE BUT FEW     
 CONIFERS.  COMMON WILD FLOWERS ARE    
 PLENTIFUL WITH THE CHALK SOIL BRINGING
 SEVERAL SPECIES OF WILD ORCHID.  IN   
 SPRING THERE ARE COUWSLIPS,PRIMROSES  
 AND BLUEBELLS.             

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