Just three recent observations:
I was down at Stanwick Lakes with some friends and one of them pointed out a Grass Snake slithering across the path. Lovely! It seems that Grass Snakes are declining in numbers. That’s a shame (but I also wonder whether we really know that for sure).
I’ve sat in a few places in recent days, including my own garden, and thought ‘Quite a few Swifts up there this year’. I hope they’ve had a good year.
When driving around near home one evening recently, quite near ‘that hedge‘ actually (which looks as bad as ever), I saw a pair of Grey Partridges with a brood of eight chicks that were already able to fly – although they walked and ran down the road for quite a while as I followed them in the car to have a better view. Once one of the commonest birds in the countryside and now such a rarity.