Butterflies in the garden were Red Admiral, Holly Blue and Speckled Wood. The latter is a regular in our rather shady garden. But where are the Brimstones? This is usually one of the first butterflies to appear in the garden but we have yet to see one this year. In addition very few have been seen in the area. They usually hibernate in the ivy which we cultivate in the garden.

On the brighter side a Song Thrush is a suspected nester in the garden and was seen using the patio paving as its anvil for an unfortunate snail.