A long walk in fine weather gave up 26 species of birds and 7 sp of butterfly along with several southern hawker dragonflies. The highlight birds were grey partridge, the same pair photographed earlier in the month, a whitethroat, a common buzzard and a pair of bullfinches. A grey heron flew south over Brick Kiln hill as I wandered back to the ford.The usual butterflies were recorded, with both whites and gatekeepers supplying the numbers.
Photos here, show a red admiral with a comma (above). Note the "comma" white mark on the left hand butterfly, hence its name. Also indian balsam, an invasive plant brought from the Himalaya and now common all through southern England, usually near wet ground such as the River Ash as well as a peacock and painted lady butterfly (below)