I also counted 33 southern marsh orchids and 7 hybrid flower spikes.
Our pied flycatchers did well this year too. I ringed 7 chicks and the adult male. I also caught the female who was ringed in 2006 as an adult, which makes her at least 5 years old. She was ringed by Dr David Boddington in Romer Wood, in the Teme valley and hasn't been seen since (until she turned up here).
Kingfishers have raised their first brood and youngsters can be seen flying up and down the brook.
On Sunday, I saw a red kite circling high above the warden's cottage.
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