Courtship time in the valley

11 February 2018

As spring approaches the wildlife in the valley starts to think about reproducing. A couple of female Mute Swans were minding their own business on one of the pools when in flew a male with other ideas. He began his very impressive courtship display as he chased one of them around the pool but she was having none of it and took to the air. Undeterred, he turned his attention to the other one but she took to the air as well leaving him somewhat deflated. Oh well, win some, loose some. It’s early in the season yet.

Footpaths - 1 January

The valley is still flooded and all paths across the lower part of the valley are impassable, as is most of the path along the river.

Report overgrown rights of way to East Sussex and other paths to the Friends of Combe Valley.

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