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Tuesday, 19 June 2012


A walk in the hills just North of Wooler starting at Kirknewton village hall , where you can not only use the toilet facilities but also pick up a route map card showing a walk around the two hills West Hill and St Gregory's both sites of Iron Age hill forts. There is usually some wildlife to see on this walk so I took the camera , recently fledged Blackbird on the green and a couple of Small Copper on the path out of the village . its along here I usually see the feral Goats but no sign today , also usually a green woodpecker calling  but again not today there was a somewhat eerie  silence other than a couple of Blackcaps. Around on the hills only a couple of Meadow Pipits and Linnets with a lesser Redpoll over very quiet  from previous visits , first up West Hill then down and up onto St Gregory's with the unmistakeable silhouette  of a Raven crossed the sky giving that delightful "kronk kronk" a couple of Small Tortoiseshell  and Hares where the only other wildlife , still a very pleasant walk given some great views of the hills and over Milfield Plain .

 Small Copper
 The track out of the village

 looking back

 looking over to the College Valley
 Looking North
 Views from West Hill

 Looking down onto Kirknewton Village
Looking over to Milfield Plain once the site of a huge lake
Raven over

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