Higher water levels, shooting and the daily presence of a juv Buzzard (as nice as that is) is probably reducing the capability of the wader scrape. However, a Shoveler, 2 Kingfishers, 3 Lapwings, 5 Greylags, 4 Little Grebes, several Teal and Tufted Duck were in evidence.
A Little Egret flew over The Manse in Upper Cudworth at 17.05hrs heading straight towards the reserve.
Insects included Migrant and Brown Hawker and 10 Speckled Wood butterflies. The lack of the Peacock butterfly over recent weeks is blatantly obvious and must be the worst year for them since the 1960's!