Today, many parts of Britain were suffering extreme transport difficulties due to heavy snow falls and ice. Over 5000 schools were closed. However, Glasgow was a pocket of relative normality but light conditions remained poor.
This morning, I continued my wildfowl theme with a visit to Queen’s Park to photograph the birds. This area was, in fact, a major battle site (Battle of Langside 1568) but is now put to more peaceful uses.
As the video clip shows, the park is covered by snow and the pond frozen over.
The pond is carefully managed to help the wildlife. There is a resident pair of Mute Swans which breed.
This morning, I visited a curious historical site at Camphill, Glasgow which is marked as a “fort” on official plans.
The earthwork consists of a badly eroded earthen rampart measuring internally 95m north-south by 93m slightly to one side of the summit of the hill.
Elevation of the site affords superb views and lends the site to defensive or observational purposes. However, various official excavations have proved inconclusive. Balance of probability is that the site is medieval as opposed to Iron Age. In 1985 a tiny shred of Roman samian ware pottery was found in the eroding bank which may put the date back nearly two millennia. The large rocks found in the centre of the site appear to have been placed there in relatively recent times.
The site appears to have no connection with the 1568 Battle of Langside which took place close by.