Lovely day with plenty of butterflies and birds, and some ‘new’ dragonflies on the scene. Meadow browns, ringlets, small heath, common blues, large skipper and a single speckled wood all out. Emperor dragonly and black-tailed skimmer and hundreds of blue and blue-tailed damsels. Whitethroat, willow warbler, chiffchaff, garden warbler, reed bunting all still singing, and I heard a late brood of great tits calling from within an old metal post! Buzzards soaring, a green woodpecker calling and a grey partridge flushed at my feet. A single bloom of pyramidal orchid has put in an appearance again – rare plant in these parts. Jim.