As a thank you, he invited up those who had worked to provide data on the wildlife of the area, to have an informal introduction to the estate, led by Lord James himself, then back to the village hall for some food, drink and a right old jolly.
Twenty of us arrived at 4.30pm where we were introduced to our host, then made our way to the village hall for a short presentation on the life of the estate. I particularly like it when Lord Joicey described how his great grandfather became a Lord in 1908 after donating a large sum of cash to the then liberal government!
|Lord Joicey giving his introduction.|
|St Mary's Well, believed to date back to the 1300's|
|Geology - a cement stone seam visible from the path is 350 million years old!|
|Alnwick Wildlife Group in front of Etal Manor the home of the Joicey family.|
|Snakeshead Fritillaries in the lawn at Etal Manor.|
|An unusual variety of Wood Dock with 'blood veins'.|
We will definitely be back here on a nice summers day to see what other wildlife can be located...