Lactarius quietus-Oak Milk-cap , which is very common in Oak woodlands .
As you can tell the birds seen/heard were few and far between , but as I got to halfway , and turning back to the car , three of the Tit family , Blue , Great and Coal put in an appearance . On the side of the path , I spotted a couple of flower heads under the Bramble , and on looking closer saw that they were Sowbread-Cyclamen hederifolium . Looking like the Cyclamen that you find in the garden centre , but this species flowers before the leaves and also has a five sided throat , whereas the Cyclamen has a round throat and flowers after the leaves . I have seen them in the area before , but in larger numbers .
On the heathland part , at the top of the plateau , where clearance work and heather re-introduction has taken place , was a Small Copper , trying to warm up in the early sun. Around this plateau , are some ancient earthworks , believed to date back to the Iron Age , and thought to have been a fort . Although now with all the vegetation , it just looks like a ditch . Starting downhill now on the last sector , and a jumping insect catches my eye . I think it is a Common Field Grasshopper . Grasshopper rather than Cricket because of the length of the antennae , and Field rather than Meadow because the wings are as long as the abdomen .With the car in sight , I had the best bird sighting , a male Blackcap , skulking in the Bramble . The full survey turned up 15 species , which for a small site , I consider not too bad .
I did visit another couple of sites later , but will write them up tomorrow , as it doesn't look like I shall be out much over the next couple of days .