The Birdwatching group had their first outing of the year last Friday at Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve. This was the first visit by the group and it proved to be a lovely location.
Six members spent the morning doing a circular walk around the Grove Ferry end of the reserve, walking along the riverbank for part of the way, where we saw a number of butterflies and dragonflies. We also had good views of first a male and then a female Marsh Harrier.
Lunch stop was the picnic site at Grove Ferry and then, after a short drive, we visited the Reedbed Hide at the Stodmarsh end of the reserve with views of Teal and Great Crested Grebes.
All in all a great day, enjoyed by the group.
Common Hawker Dragonfly
The group sets off
Peacock butterfly on Buddleia