The first common whitethroat was seen on yew tree field during the week as well as the first swallows being seen flying over the reserve. A pair of stonechat continues to be seen on Pembury heath. A garden warbler was heard singing in Brakeybank meadow on Wednesday.

Willow warblers have started to be heard singing along Pembury walks with several males displaying. Nuthatches and treecreepers have been seen in good numbers this week in the Plants.

Butterflies that have been seen in the past week on the wing include comma, brimstones, red admirals and peacocks and the first orange tip and speckled wood in the Plants.

The woodland floor is starting to look spectacular with the emergence of bluebells, wild garlic, wood sorrel and early purple orchids

(Early purple orchid)


The wood ants nests are becoming more active as spring arrives, you might see the mounds throughout the woodland.