An overcast start, brightening up with sunny spells, temperature around eleven degrees. Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum still hanging on, though only noted in single figures on this visit.
A couple of Shieldbugs present were Common Green Shieldbug Palomena prasina in the car park, now attaining its winter colour, plus a Blue Shieldbug Zicrona caerulea near Carp Lake. Other bugs included a Field Damsel Bug Nabis ferus along the western path and a Lygus sp. plant bug again near Carp Lake.
Small numbers of Eristalis tenax hoverflies were present along the Lane, along with a Drinker Euthrix potatoria caterpillar in the car park area. A couple of beetles included two 7-spot Ladybird Coccinella septempunctata and a single Sphaeroderma testaceum.
Bird-wise the highlight was a Peregrine Falco peregrinus carrying prey over the new workings, alighting in the large tree along North Hedge. A single Ruff Calidris pugnax was on Village Lake. Redshank Tringa totanus slowly building in numbers, with ten together on Reedbed Lake, whilst a further three birds were in North Field. Nine Curlew Numenius arquata also feeding in the stubble field to the north. Finally the drake Mandarin Aix galericulata was on Carp Lake.