Today 26th February 2013 was spent surveying Whinney Hill, south west of Longhorsely. Ancient woodland held ramsons, primroses, and the first evidence of bluebells. A male great spotted woodpecker was in full drumming mode on a dead branch.
Arable land held small numbers of skylarks (4), 2 pairs of grey partridge, brown hares (3), roe deer (3) and flocks of both yellowhammers (9+) and reed buntings (5). The first shoots of hare's tail cotton-grass and lesser spearwort were found on a small area of upland bog. A small pond in an arable field held a good amount of frog spawn.
The lake held 28 mallard, 9 goosander, 3 mute swan, a pair of gadwall, 1 moorhen and evidence of otter. Great tits were investigating nest-boxes