The weekend

Ladies' Spring Wood

On Saturday I was on a uni field trip to Ladies’ Spring Wood to undertake a habitat survey. A good day was had, with a couple of birding highlights including mandarin, grey wagtail and dipper on the River Sheaf, a nesting stock dove by the deer park, and singing blackcap and chiffchaff singing at the former Beauchief Nurseries and Gulley’s Wood Meadow.

There were also a good few butterflies around, including speckled wood, orange tip, green-veined white and large white.

A few pics…

Common Frog
Common Frog


Large White
Large White

Today I had a walk on patch with very few highlights. The grey heron below was stood by a pond on Low Matlock Lane where a plastic heron has previously been stood, so I did something of a double take when it actually moved… Elsewhere there was a couple of jays and blackcaps south of the river, a kestrel, the usual singing willow warblers and chiffchaffs, and a few swallows and house martins by Old Wheel Dam.

Grey Heron

But no swifts yet! Surely any day now!


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