The summer weather has generally been bad for insects but when Malcolm Hull led a walk at Heartwood Forest in July, an encouraging thirteen species were recorded, including a first report of the White-letter Hairstreak.
The successful breeding of Barn Owls, in the box erected earlier this year, was the big news of the summer. With Owls and Kestrels seen regularly there must be good food supplies locally, which means mainly mice and voles.
A migrating Whinchat was reported in early September, the first time I’ve heard of this bird species being seen at Heartwood Forest.
If you see any interesting or unusual wildlife whilst visiting Heartwood Forest, please let me know so I can include details in these notes.