The only other notable happening there , was when a very large Beech tree 'snapped out' when we were within 50 metres of it . The initial sound was like a machine gun , followed by a massive snap , followed by the sound of the limbs crashing through surrounding trees , and finishing with an almighty thump , as it hit the ground . The vibration of the last was incredible . I have been close by when large trees have been felled and hit the ground , but for it to happen without warning was something else . When we went over to have a look , the tree was completely hollow , and had snapped out at about 7/8 mtrs , leaving an enormous amount of firewood on the woodland floor .
We got back to our yard at a reasonable time , so I decided to turn a few tins on the Ridge on the way home . Grass Snake was the species of the day , with 10 being recorded on two sites .
One found , had opaque eyes , showing that it is coming up to 'slough' , shed it's skin .
They were all found under corrugated tin refugia , and 3 doubles and 1 treble were recorded .Just 2 Slow Worms , a very low number , were recorded , and two Adders , one male under a tin and a female , laying in the open , enjoying the sunshine .
When I got home , we were having a cup of coffee in the sun lounge , when a juvenile Greenfinch came to feed at the birdtable . There was also a family of Blue Tits , but I didn't manage a shot of any of them .And talking juveniles , we had another visit from the juvenile Squirrel , on it's own this time .