Dabchick

Dabchick

Every hundred yards or so between the Compton and Windmill Lane bridges on the Staffs and Worcs canal, there is a wintertime little grebe territory belonging to a different individual or pair.

This bird is nearest the Windmill Lane end.

Velvet shank

Velvet shank

Another fungus which is not worried by the cold – this velvet shank was growing from the trunk of a long-dead chestnut in the car park of the former Eye Hospital.

Velvet shank