Mark Archer sent in a report from Walton Nature Reserve which included the following: 2 grass snakes, 6 brimstone butterflies, 8 peacock butterflies and cuckoo. Flowers in bloom included cowslip, wood anenome, colt’s-foot and celandine.
Brimstones were recorded at Walton Hall along the canal and in my garden in Ryhill we had 2 peacock butterflies and a red admiral – a good over-wintering record.
A walk round Walton golf course today provided heather with great views of whitethroat, great spotted woodpecker, willow warbler & chiffchaff and super views of tawny owl being harranged by the local tit flock. Celandine is in flower everywhere at the moment, here’s one from Heather….