Wildlife on the river bank

Why do we fly fish? That’s a theme I will come back to from time to time in this blog but one of the most important reasons is that it takes me to places I would never visit and to see things I would never have seen had I not been stood quietly, fishing rod in hand, immersed in the riverside landscape.

It is always hard to pick favourite moments but last season’s highlights included a pair of hobbies performing aerobatics above the River Windrush at Asthall, a grass snake swimming across the River Dikler just feet in front of me and a water vole drifting down the Dikler on his back almost to within touching distance.

Inevitably one doesn’t always have the camera to hand for these serendipitous encounters but I hope you’ll enjoy a few images of wildlife encounters on the banks of the Cotswold streams.

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