Foray in Feckenham

On my way home from Hanbury last Saturday I stopped at Feckenham, about five miles to the east, to visit the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust reserve, Feckenham Wylde Moor. This is a secluded wetland south of the village.

The village itself is very attractive, with many old buildings and a lovely church.

High street

Feckenham church

It has a  Heritage Lottery project to mark the centenary of the First World War, with information about the men who went to the front.  I passed the window of 45 High Street in which was displayed information about Private Enoch Parker.  He did not return.

WW1 project

Window picture commemorating Private Enoch Parker

A notice in the free car-park encourages visitors to use local paths; it’s a shame some of them are in poor condition.

Notice board

I followed footpaths south to the moor, finding plenty of poor ‘stiles’ (ie obstructions) along the way (which I later reported to Worcestershire County Council) and overgrowth.

Bad stile 2

Example of a ‘stile’ on the way to the moor

I arrived at the southern end of the reserve, rather than the main entrance on Moor Lane to the north.  It is a wetland with an unusual surface of fen peat.  The trust has cut a trail around the edge, and I soon came to a hide by some ponds. There was a single dabchick scooting around; I understand they breed here.

Reserve from hide

Pools on the east side of the reserve

The path crosses meadows which, a little earlier in the year, were full of wild flowers.

Reserve

Wildflower meadow

I came to the main entrance.  It is good that there is no car-parking here so that visitors must walk from the village.  Riders will have a problem though once they arrive: a bridleway on the north-west side of the reserve is obstructed.  This too I have reported.

Stile on BW

Obstructed bridleway at approximate grid reference SP 010 607

I returned to the village.  Unfortunately the shop was closed, but it is evidently a cheerful bonus to the community.

shop signI saw this sign on the side of the village hall; the town was once a significant settlement on the Saltway between Droitwich and Alcester.

AA sign n village hall

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About campaignerkate

I am the general secretary of the Open Spaces Society and I campaign for public access, paths and open spaces in town and country.
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