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.
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.
A notice in the free car-park encourages visitors to use local paths; it’s a shame some of them are in poor condition.
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.
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.
The path crosses meadows which, a little earlier in the year, were full of wild flowers.
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.
I returned to the village. Unfortunately the shop was closed, but it is evidently a cheerful bonus to the community.
I saw this sign on the side of the village hall; the town was once a significant settlement on the Saltway between Droitwich and Alcester.