The first whitethroat of the year was calling at The Lodge yesterday, another addition to the spring migrant list. We are still looking for the first wheatear, swallows and sand martins here, although they are coming in across the country now.

There is plenty of evidence of birds preparing to nest, with the mistle thrush pictured collecting nesting material at the hide. A few siskins are still being seen and heard, so a few winter birds linger on.

A male stonechat has been on the new heath over recent days. Let's hope he finds a female and breeds here!

  MisLatesttle thrush, long tailed tit and siskin on feeder. Image credit Ray Piercy.

Local artists Steve Kershaw and Gill Butt will be here on Sunday, painting wildlife and landscape scenes of the Lodge and there work will be for sale. See them at the Visitor centre 10am - 4pm (in good weather only).