The Walk took place on the morning of 8 April with five participants. The weather was calm and pleasantly sunny – a welcome change from much of the preceding month, with March recorded as the wettest for 42 years. The following 24 species were recorded – two fewer than on last year’s Spring Walk. The only summer visitors noted were a number of Chiffchaffs (already heard singing in the area a week ago).

Pheasant (B)

Red Kite (A,C)

Kestrel (A,C)

Woodpigeon (A,B,C)

Green Woodpecker (B)

Great Spotted Woodpecker (B)

Skylark (C)

Wren (B,C)

Dunnock (C)

Robin (A,B,C)

Song Thrush (C) (also heard regularly in areas A and B in recent weeks)

Blackbird (A,B)

Chiffchaff (A,B,C)

Blue Tit (A,B,C)

Great Tit (A,B,C)

Nuthatch (A,B)

Magpie (C)

Jay (B)

Carrion Crow (C)

House Sparrow (A – large and noisy groups in this area, including in the hedges)

Chaffinch (A,C)

Goldfinch (C)

Greenfinch (A)

Yellowhammer (C)