15 crossbills flew over where the junction of the hillfort trail meets the quarry trail this morning.
2 shelduck were seen on one of the bird surveys this morning, an unusual bird for The Lodge.
I went down to the main house with Graham, the warden, to help mummy mallard to be reunited with her ducklings, as they had become stuck on the other side of the fence!
Our female mallard has fledged at least 10 little ducklings on the swimming pool behind in the Lodge house gardens.
A cuckoo was calling this afternoon , heard from The Lodge.
Our volunteer , David Hinton,was working today in the information kiosk. He watched a pair of long tailed tits building a nest in the old oak beside kiosk and it was nice as he was able to show visitors what was happening through the telescope.
Lots of green tiger beetles around today, a heathland speciality.
They can be seen anywhere around the heathland trails and even in the car park!
A flock of common crossbills flew from the hillfort towards the main house.
The bluebells are starting to emerge now, the sunshine should bring them all out in a wonderful display over the next few days.
Some nice moths in our trap trap this morning, we had a white ermine,muslin moth, common quaker, brindled pug, nut-tree tussock and hebrew character.