We don’t seem to have had the numbers of butterflies this year but have had a good range of species. Along with the usual Tortoiseshells, Red Admirals and Peacocks it was nice to see this Small Copper
A range of Dragonfly species have been busy as usual. This one was laying eggs this week
We have seen almost no hedgehogs here since the drought of 2018. Before that we would have several feeding every night. We do have the occasional rescued one brought to us for care. The latest was a sad story. Have been caught up in barbed wire for some time it was drastically dehydrated and maggot infested. It did not make it through the night.
We normally see lots of frogs in the long grass at this time of year. Not so many this year but have come across three toads within a couple of weeks
We have seen a weasel popping up a couple of times in the six years we have been here. Recently we came across a single kit. Had it got left behind when a female moved her litter or was t here another explanation. It was gone in the morning.
We had heard unwelcome tales of mink in the surrounding brooks. This week we saw some evidence for ourselves