Back from my travels in warmer climes I thought but the glorious weather in Kent this week has meant that lots of migrants are teeming into the country.
A lovely day at Hothfield with my usual Wednesday companions had a twofold purpose – firstly to enjoy the delights of this very precious habitat reserve and secondly so that I could check out the site before leading our group walk there next weekend. Now, I don’t want to whet your appetite too much – or make any promises, but we had a lovely day. Chiffchaff were singing away, and we had great views of mistle and song thrush, buzzard and kestrel soared overhead, whitethroat and willow warblers appeared to be everywhere. Add to that singing (but elusive) tree pipit, cuckoo and nightingale and you really have the sound of a british spring in full flow.
Bog plants were emerging including round leaved sundew, bog violet, lousewort and cotton grass, and the first large red dragonflies were flying around the reedmace.
All in all a great day – now let’s just hope that the same goes for our group trip in a week’s time (fingers crossed everyone please).