We have not found any of the usual caterpillars, Fox moth, Garden tiger, Oak Eggar and Drinker, that is until today, a Drinker was on the path on the tip, not in the reserve. Would the lack of these creatures be down to over grazing by the cattle, we will never know.

While checking the ponds, there were a couple of Dark Tussock moth caterpillars grazing on the ground willow next to one of them.

The swans appear to be struggling to find food for the cygnets and are travelling up to the two small ponds north of the long one, see shots.

Yesterday it was snowing Willow seeds and the ground was almost white.

Bob and Bri