The site is devided by a main road and split in two halves. We began our walk on a side that has a resturant called 'Zak's' on it. It was pretty muddy in places but that didn't put us off from looking for life in the woods. We came to a clearing that has the new pond that was built a couple of years ago. Circling above us here was a female sparrowhawk soaring high above the trees. It looks like a flying 'capital T' with those broad wings spread out and long tail trailing.
|Grey Squirrel Drey|
If you thought those things were peculiar, then finding a flying butterfly in December will blow your mind. We came across a red admiral floating around seemingly confused as we made our way back for lunch. What was it doing flying around at this time of year I hear you ask? My hunch is because it was an unusually warm winter's day and the butterfly must have woken up from hibernation thinking it was spring. You often find red admirals hiding away in sheds until winter is over, so this one must have hidden for winter in a tree. That is what I believe anyway.
|View of Norwich from St James' Hill|