A total of 4 Reed Warblers were heard singing, and on the Lake were at least 5 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Mute Swans, 9 Canada Geese, a Lesser Black-backed Gull was flying over the Weir end of the Lake, and at least 18 Black-headed Gulls were noted.
Butterflies recorded were 3 Meadow Browns, 1 Small and 2 Essex Skippers, 5 Gatekeepers, 3 Large Whites, and 4 Commas. A Common Blue was found in the area of long grass at the far end of Jenner’s Bank around the Cherries, and a Small Copper – the first recorded this year – was seen briefly along the hedgerow running along the Lake’s eastern edge. 2 male Banded Demoiselles was seen, and at least 7 Common Blue Damselflies were also seen. 4 very large Slowworms were found in the grassland north of the Len, and lots of fish were spotted by the Weir as they rose to the surface making a grab at any potential food that came through.
In the area of Jenner’s Bank where MBC have left the grass to grow long, it was interesting to discover some Chicory growing - the first I have ever recorded in the Park.