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Three Starlings fly in and perch on the asbestos roof for a few moments, and that's about it for wildlife.
The original village school, St Peter's, stood on what is now the dentist's car park. It was Victorian, stone-built with plenty of tall mullioned windows, most of them set too high for children be able to see much more than the sky. As a pupil there I remember once, when it started snowing heavily, we were allowed to stand on our chairs for a few minutes to enjoy the spectacle.
A climbing frame stood in the corner of the playground which we got to use once a week during the lunchtime break. I'd climb to the highest rail and look out over the roofs of the high street, across the valley, to what seemed a remote wooded ridge, Woolley Edge, three miles to the south. I could just make out a van travelling along the tree-lined lane along the crest of the ridge, windscreen glinting in the sun. It seemed to be in a different world.
I decided that, when I grew up, I'd like a job which involved driving a van, so that I'd be able to visit such places in the course of the day, instead of being stuck indoors.
TreecreeperAs we walk into the wood the first two birds we see are a Treecreeper and a Goldcrest in the trees by the stream. These are both birds that we can go two or three months without seeing, so to come across them together like this is a bonus.