It's a warm one this week! Top news is the sighting of Common Sandpiper chicks and the reserve's third Ruddy Darter and regular sightings of White-letter Hairstreak butterfly.

Scorchio! Mini heat wave with temperatures reaching 30 degrees centigrade. The reserve is alive with butterflies with at least 14 species on the wing including White-letter Hairstreak, Common Blue, Ringlet, Small Copper and Gatekeeper.

On the dragonfly front a Ruddy Darter was seen, only the third record of this species for the site.

Keep an eye out for volucella bombylans a hoverfly bumblebee mimick (below)

Hoverfly Bumblebee mimick


A few more waders coming in with Common Snipe, 17 Oystercatcher, and a few Curlew passing through.

Five Goosander dropped onto No.1 Pit Lake briefly.

Grey Wagtail can show well from the Lookout (see below).

Grey Wag

We have been wondering for a while if the Common Sandpiper which have been present since early spring have bred and today we spotted two chick on Pit No.1.

The Common Snipe below makes sandpiper chicks look big!

Common Sandpiper young + Snipe