On 23 May there was a 3-hour guided walk through Brede High Wood with a good turn out as the picture shows. The group started from the main car park and headed east through Coneyburrow and Pond Woods. One of the aims of the day was to see some spring butterfly species and we recorded several but, sadly, the grizzled skipper no longer seems to be present in the woods. We also found a black-headed cardinal beetle, the rarer of our two British species, and disturbed a badger having a sleep outside its set at 11 in the morning – quite unusual. We heard numerous willow warblers but, although we listened out, no nightingales which are said to be doing well in the woods this year.
Patrick Roper by e-mail