High up on a neighbouring tree, a Nuthatch called out loudly, and sat amongst the bursting buds preening itself in the sunshine.
A Great Spotted Woodpecker flew overhead, Robin and Dunnock darted between the hedgerows, a pair of male and female Blackbirds collected worms from the grassland, and a Blue Tit continually flew to and from a nestbox. To my delight my first Speckled Wood butterfly of the year landed smack bang in front of me and darted off as soon as I lifted my camera, the other butterfly sighting an unidentified white.
I noticed this plant growing through the grass on my previous visit, its Field Wood-rush or Good Friday Grass (Luzula campestris) so named as it emerges around Easter time. It is relatively short, between 5 cm - 15 cm in height, has three to six stemmed clusters of flowers. Its common on grassland in acid conditions, and spreads via short stolons and seed.