On Friday I enjoyed a sunny afternoon stroll in the park, covering the eastern and southern areas. It is wonderful to see so many butterflies on the wing at the moment.
Painted Ladies and Peacocks are particularly numerous in the Park, but almost as numerous are the Gatekeepers, Ringlets, Meadow Browns, and the whites. The patches of thistles in the Old Cattle Area (large area of rough grassland) are absolutely alive with drinking butterflies, and it was nice to catch up with a Small Copper along the track near the Oak at the top of this area. A Common Blue was seen in the grassland north of the Len.
Many family parties of Green Woodpeckers were seen feeding out in the open on the areas of short grass, a Little Owl was seen in an Oak by the Oak wood, a Grey Wagtail and a Kingfisher were seen along the River Len, and a Sparrowhawk was seen soaring over the Old Bothy.