We ticked a few mollusks and as Dick showed us a horseradish plant - much loved by snails - I looked around for a Four-spotted orb spider, Araneus quadratus, which I have found near this plant in a few occasions. Soon, I spotted an old web ending in a curled leaf and looked underneath: there it was, a fattening spider, which was briefly relocated to the bug pot for a record shot.
As we moved around the reserve in a clock-wise fashion groups of swallows flied over us. It appeared that they were gathering for their night roost, but their wandering movements did not reveal where this might be.
We saw at least three Roe Deer and Robert pointed at a fox by the drain, which you might find in a photo below if you squint.
In the distant pylons, with the background of an atmospheric sunset, a large roost of orderly corvids, likely rooks, was assembling.
Bat o'clock came and went with no trace of flying bats, despite the still, clear, if chilli, night. I had brought a bat detector, and I made a token effort of pointing it out to the lake, with no success.
Just before getting back in the car park, a Tawny owl hooted a couple of times, putting an end to the trip.
Gipsywort, Lycopus europaeus, by the fishing lake
Male roe deer
Silhouette of a Kestrel
- Black-headed Gull
- Carrion Crow
- Collared Dove
- Lesser Black-backed Gull
- Reed Bunting
- Tawny Owl