The beginning of the month (1st-5th) saw Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Holly Blue, Large White and Small White in and around the garden.
Migrant Hawkers and Common Darters were also seen.
A Greenshank was heard calling in the afternoon (6th).
A ‘small’ Bat, probably a Pipistrelle species was flying back and forth at the front of the property at 19.56 (8th).
A Soprano and Hog Day......
A male Common Darter was warming-up on the paving stone in the garden (10th).
In the evening at 19.46 two ‘small’ Bats appeared again at the front of the property; twisting and turning and diving down, only a few inches above the ground. The Bat-detector was brought out and the readings suggest that these were Soprano Pipistrelles Pipistrellus pygmaeus which echolocates around 55 kHz compared to Common Pipistrelle P. pipistrellus which is around 45 kHz. Fantastic sod the England game!
Later, at 23.29 a Hedgehog was seen coming for food in the garden. Although there had been no actual sightings for a while; the evidence of peanuts being gone in the morning and the occasional dropping suggests that a Hedgehog had been regularly visiting.