5 spot burnet
5 spot burnet

There is a local nature reserve near where I live called Millhoppers. It is owned by the Butteryfly Conservation society. I went out for a spin on the bike this afternoon and spend a little while taking in the nature there.
Whilst I sat contemplating I saw at least 3 (possibly 4) wrens, they were hunting for food, flying from tree to tree to flower stalk. The wren is the most populous bird in the UK and I guess it is not unexpected that I would see so many in such a small patch.
Also saw plenty of butterflies including common blue, they get Holly Blue’s in spring.

Here is a link to the website.

A walk by the sea


Got up for breakfast at 9, excellent fry the landlord had got up early to get us some Quorn sausages, we had mentioned the previous evening we are all veggies. Drove to Minsmere RSPB reserve then walked over to Dunwich Heath via the north wall. Saw a suspected Osprey that turned out to be a Marsh Harrier, but no Dartford Warbler. After coffee at the coast guard cottages we headed back down to the East hide where there was not much to see the usual ducks, lots of Lapwings, and just a couple of waders (Dunlin). On the way back to the visitors centre we got superb views of 5 Bearded Tits. Back to the pub to change then off to Southwold shopping. We saw a field of Curlew on the way. Bought some almonds and a Heidi Pie from the foodies shop then back to our accommodation to watch the rugby. Ireland won and as I write I we are in the pub drinking best bitter!