Most of the day was spent vegetation surveying in the College Valley. Birds of interest included a female hen harrier drifting south, 7 twite and a good selection of thrushes. Ring ouzels had been seen in the Valley until the middle of last week! There was one swallow (adult) flying around Hethpool in the late afternoon.
There was a good selection of waxcaps on the west side of Coldburn Hill. These include meadow, crimson, heath, parrot and snowy. There were also good numbers of yellow fairy clubs and a patch of earth clubs.
Our first sample point produced heath grass (illustrated in the las AWG newsletter). Other plant highlights include heath groundsel, thyme, mouse-eared hawkweed and thyme-leaved speedwell.
A peacock butterfly was seen close to the entrance ot the Valley.