A change in weather conditions meant that the third full butterfly transect at High Elms LNR , done in a brief period of broken sunshine and a cool breeze , only found four new species with Green Hairstreak (6) , Dingy Skipper (4) , Speckled Wood (1) and Green-veined White (10) making their first transect appearances this year . A couple of days later , fellow enthusiast Keith found a Common Blue on Burnt Gorse , which is the first I have seen recorded on the web .
The following morning I assisted another enthusiast , who has a Great Crested Newt license , with an amphibian survey on two ponds , which proved to be very productive , with the following species
A visit to the bird feeders in the woods proved very quiet , with no birds coming to the feeders and no sign of Bank Voles either . A large Grass Snake that evaded the camera was found under refugia and
A visit to Hutchinson's Bank , hoping for an early Fritillary wasn't successful , but I did find my first two Small Coppers of the season , both of them showed signs of the aberration caeruleopunctata ,
A visit to Spring Park Pond , where the spring feeding the pond has finally stopped running , also meaning that the flooding on the nearby rugby pitches is finally receding , produced the first
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