So here I am... sitting outside with a cup of tea at 0409 with Pip bats and moths zooming roubd in the warm balmy air while dawn chorus erupts around me. The walk has gone out but I have the sounds of waking birdlife all around. Sedge and Cetti's warblers were already on the go when I arrived and Skylarks were soon singing up high. Blackbird, Robin, Song Thrush have now joined in along with the vociferous Marsh frogs and a wealth of wetland birds starting a new day.

A Whitethroat, wren and Reed Warbler have thrown in their lot and we still have nearly an hour till sunrise....

Whitethroat... singing when it looks like it should be eating (Jo Collins)