Several singing crossbills are still around the heath - including at least 2 males doing very good woodlark impersonations. Also on the heath, the first green tiger beetle of the spring was seen on Saturday. Little ringed plover still present, though at times elusive (west mead is best place). Blackcap and single swallow noted yesterday. A barn owl has been roosting in the visitor centre nestbox in recent days (hopes up for breeding!) and another was hunting the north brooks at 17.00 on Friday.

The water rail is still present outside the visitor centre, a hen harrier (ringtial) was seen over the weekend and a little bit of wader passage/movement has been noted in the last few days - singles of oystercatcher, jack snipe, dunlin and black-tailed godwit on the north brooks. At least 4 little egrets and 3 grey herons have been feeding, presumably on amphibians, in the various ditches on the north brooks.

Below is a photo of the little ringed plover taken from West mead hide by one of our volunteers, Graham Osbourne.