Brian, our editor, has asked if I could contribute the occassional (or maybe not so occassional) note regarding the wildlife recorded in the local area – this covering birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles (of which I know something) and plants, insects and other invertebrates (of which I know a lot less). Despite the wider desecration of much of countryside, at the hands of industrial farming practices, we are fairly lucky around here to have a farming community which is largely sympathetic to the natural environment and, in particular cases, very active in recreating that wild habitat which allows our fauna and flora to survive and prosper. As a result, we can boast Barn Owls (many people’s favourite bird), Grass Snakes (less popular, perhaps, but just as beautiful, harmless and an important indicator of the overall environmental health of the countryside), Brown Hares, Smooth Newts, Cranesbills and Ringlets as being reasonably regular in and around our villages. I hope to bring you then that which may be of greatest interest as and when it occurs or is witnessed. In this I’ll be happy to receive any information from fellow residents of this delightful patch of the Cotswolds.