We saw a pair of Buzzards and a Sparrowhawk being mobbed by a Carrion Crow.
On the sandy path by the little nature reserve a bunch of the early mining bee Andrena clarkella. Males checked exit holes for females and two males tried to mate with a female at the same time.
No adders appears to be basking, although James found one under a piece of felt. This was my first ever British snake! Some members of the party also saw lizards, not me unfortunately, although, to compensate we came across this toad, who patiently sat for a lengthy photographic session, as corresponds to the first toad of the year.
Andrena clarkella mating ball
one male leaves
the bedraggled female after the males left
a view of the wide woodand ride with glassland and heath
The bumblebee mimic Tachina ursina, thanks to Richard Comont for the identification and to Robert Jaques for suggesting Bear Fly as a common name for the species.
One of two male Brimstones we saw
Pair of Buzzards