The Walk took place on the morning of 25 April, a sunny day with a cool NE wind. Similar weather had been a feature of the previous week, and there had been an unusually high number of night frosts over the month as a whole. The following 26 species were recorded – five fewer than on last year’s Spring Walk. The most notable absences among the spring arrivals were – as on the same date last year – Swallow and House Martin.

Red-legged Partridge (C)

Buzzard (A,B,C: possibly now more frequently sighted than ever)

Red Kite (A,C)

Woodpigeon (B,C)

Skylark (C)

Wren (A,B,C)

Dunnock (A,B,C)

Robin (B,C)

Blackbird (A)

Mistle Thrush (C: one bird flew over by Dean Farm and landed on the grassy field towards the A4074)

Whitethroat (A: singing in hedge and then on overhead cable opposite Catholic church as last year)

Blackcap (A,B: several singing, as last year)

Chiffchaff (B,C)

Blue Tit (A,B,C)

Great Tit (B)

Nuthatch (A)

Magpie (A,C)

Jay (B)

Jackdaw (A)

Rook (A,C)

Carrion Crow (B,C)

Raven (B: one mobbed by three Jackdaws flying NE over Dean Wood near end of walk)

Starling (A)

House Sparrow (A)

Chaffinch (B,C)

Goldfinch (A)