As the new week starts and we head towards the end of August and the summer hols, at least three of the hobby family have been busy around the heath and the hillfort this morning, and the increasing sightings of raven continued with a pair also flying over the hillfort area.

I'm still amazed at the amount of young blue tits around this year, the feeders are non-stop with them and I had a group of 20 in my garden over the weekend!

If you went to the Birdfair at Rutland over the weekend, I hope you had a good time and have removed all of the mud from your wellies and clothes now!

We have two more mini beast safaris during the school hols, one tomorrow (11-12:30) and one on the 29th, so book now on Eventbrite if you'd like to bring the children along.

  Blue tit bathing; image credit Rob Gilmore