Four to six bats were spotted this evening over Banbury Street. Hopefully later this year we will be able to find out which species they are, using a bat detector!
Quite a range of butterflies can be seen along the footpath along the edge of Big Field (over the River Dene bridge, and parallel to Banbury Street): Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell (which can sometimes be seen spiralling in the air, fighting for territory), Green-Veined White, Orange Tip, Holly Blue, Brimstone (bright yellow – look out for them near the Buckthorn shrubs in the hedge, which are the foodplant for their caterpillars) and probably also Large and Small Whites on the rape-seed growing around the field edges.
Plus up to eight swifts counted flying overhead in the village – or maybe you’ve seen more?
And finally, the dawn chorus began this morning at 3.46am!