Spring: Small tortoiseshell, brimstone, red admiral and comma butterflies seen in the sunshine on the ride. Bumble bees on the willow catkins high in the treetops, and a brown stoat on the ride. Birds courting, with pairs of chaffinch, great tit, marsh tit, great spotted woodpecker, and wren all serenading and chasing each other ; a single male sparrowhawk . Spring flowers have been slow to appear, but a few early primrose blooms are now in flower. No wild daffodils as yet, although leaves are present.