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Symonds Yat

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by wind1, May 15, 2017.


  1. wind1

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    We spent the weekend in The Forest of Dean and went up to Symonds Yat Rock. There were some RSPB volunteers up there talking about the Peregrine Falcons that nest there every year. Last year and this year the falcons have had to find an alternative nest due to a pair of Canada Geese taking over their usual one. Who would think that geese would nest so high up? Last year they had 4 babies and when it was time to leave the nest they just had to jump. As you can see from the picture this is not a small jump, it's a leap of faith! All 4 survived last year and made it on to the river.
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    The 2 rock faces you can see on the right, the first one has 3 holes in it, one of which is where the geese are nesting. The falcons are nesting in the 2nd rock in a narrow slit. We didn't get to see the falcons but could see the geese quite clearly on the nest through the RSPB's telescope.

    Another view from up on the rock
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    The view from our accommodation
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    A walk along the River Wye
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  2. rona

    rona Still missing my boys

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    Did you have a good time?

    Of all the areas I've been, it was one of the most beautiful but also one of my least favourite. Far to restricted by fencing and to commercialised
     
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    Lovely photos, its a stunning area. However, it was one of our worst holidays. We went there a few years back to celebrate a special anniversary which makes it even more sad to think about as it was not just any old holiday. We had a forest log cabin which I have to say was lovely but we thought it would be in the actual Forest of Dean but it turned out to be in a wood a few miles away from anything and it poured with rain the whole time. We did get to Symonds Yat though which was beautiful and the best part, even in rain. The thing I remember most is lots of mud where boar had dug everything up. :(
     
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    Lovely photos and very interesting about the geese nesting so high up. Glad the previously goslings survived the route down :-/

    I canoed down that river many years ago. Mostly upside down :-o (I was rubbish at canoeing).
     
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    It does look stunning thou. It is amazing the wealth of natural beauty spots we do have in this country when we venture out of our concrete and brick enclaves we have created . Thanks for posting :0)
     
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    Thank you for sharing. My husband and I stayed in the area 20 years ago when we were first married on our way to Cornwall. I can remember walking up to view on our first day married and having bread pudding from the cafe!
     
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    We did have a lovely time, we visited the same place last year but this year we went with friends. There were 6 of us and the others had not visited that area before. They loved it.

    We walked up there straight after a full english breakfast so didn't feel the need to stop at the cafe!
     
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    Beautiful photos.
    I went there two years ago and it certainly is worth a visit . Would love to go back there.
    They have a lovely tea shop there and toilets too :rolleyes:

    Unfortunately the path down to the river was too steep and rough for us .
     
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  9. Forester

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    I live in the Forest and the boar damage is now much , much worse. The boar population has exploded and some have moved out of the woods into the towns. They've even been spotted wandering down a local High Street in broad daylight.
     
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    We didn't see any boar but would have loved to. We know they get them in the wood opposite where we stayed but no sign of them this weekend.
     
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    That's very sad, I suppose some end up being exterminated as usual :(
     
  12. Forester

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    The ones who live deep within the woodland tend to be relatively timid unless they have young. Sows with young are extremely protective and can be quite aggressive. They can also move quite swiftly! Walking dogs or riding horses near them is definitely not advisable.

    The Forestry Commission have attempted to " cull" the boar in certain areas within the woods but numbers are spiralling out of control. I too, love to see wildlife in their natural environment however they're now spreading, and causing a lot of damage , in the villages and towns. I personally have to keep my garden gates chained closed at all times as neighbours have had their lawns and gardens decimated.

    The boar have also dug up football pitches and a bowling green in addition to the local churchyard. Numbers were last year estimated at 1500 and are doubling each year. The biggest problem is that no-one owns them. They have all descended from a few who were released into the woods by " persons unknown".

    http://www.theforester.co.uk/articl...ford graveyard&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2017
     
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    It's a shame they are getting out of control and causing so much damage.
     
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    Yes, a terrible shame. If they only stayed within the woodland , and numbers were stable, we would have a perfect situation.

    I believe that part of the problem has arisen due to people feeding them. It has encouraged them into the urban areas foraging for food. I was particularly saddened recently to see a newspaper report of one living on a waste area between some houses which had been taunted by local children. :(

    The damage is a nightmare, and an eyesore, but for me the saddest thing is that these magnificent creatures are becoming demonised. Unfortunately with the boar having no natural predators and the population exploding things are only going to get worse.
     
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    Not far away are the Seven Sisters

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    Stunning spot.

    We went a few years ago, it was our first camping trip (and last in this country), I loved it, such a pretty area.
     
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    We had to cancel our holiday to the seaside a few weeks ago at the last minute and we've decided to book four days in a lodge in the forest of dean and taking the dogs with us . yay ! Special offer !
     
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    Our trip to Symonds Yat was a memory lane trip, im 62 and when i was 15 i went with the scouts to the camp right by the river (Biblins Lodge), this time we had to camp high above it (Doward park) but walked down and past Biblins....
     
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    We did a circular walk whilst there which took us through Biblins over the rope bridge. It was a beautiful walk along the river, then lunch at one of the pubs there right on the river front.
     
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