24th August

A Yellow Wagtail flew over Slangs and a Northern Wheatear frequented Reads Bottom. There were three Willow Warblers at the farm, too, plus a southwesterly movement of 62 Swallows and a Little Owl present. A Hobby was seen over Holly Lane Meadow and the Woods also held a Tawny Owl, a Sparrowhawk, two Common Buzzard, four Chiffchaffs, a Blackcap and a Bullfinch.

Two Clouded Yellows and a Brown Hairstreak were seen at the farm. Another Brown Hairstreak was at the Woods, as was a Silver-washed Fritillary, a Peacock, 15 Brown Argus, a Brimstone and a Common Darter among the insects.

Northern Wheatear at Reads Bottom (Ian Magness)

Geoff Barter, Steve Gale, Duncan Jennings, Ian Magness and Ian Ward