Chattering jays and loud wood-pigeons flapped thickly overhead, while ever and anon the measured tapping of Nature's carpenter, the great green woodpecker
, sounded from each wayside grove.
For twitchers, wildlife enthusiasts and photographers, the local countryside has a varied wild bird population with stone chat, curlews, green woodpeckers
, king-fishers and dippers.
There is also the chance of spotting green woodpeckers
or herons as the site - which is classed as a site of specific scientific interest - was home to over 40 pairs of breeding herons last year.
We have water voles, green woodpeckers
, roe deer, badgers and foxes.
This aura is further heightened by the wildlife found there - and among the highlights are the green woodpeckers
that are frequently seen.
It is home to wildlife including grass snakes, newts, frogs, toads and slow-worms and birds like goldfinch, redpoll, firecrest, coal tits and green woodpeckers
I've seen foxes, hedgehogs, squirrels, blackbirds, robins, green woodpeckers
and lesser spotted ones.
Ant-hills may also appear on your lawn, but ants provide food for green woodpeckers
, so again just brush them away if they're annoying you.
If you're lucky you'll see green woodpeckers
, barn owls and hares.
are familiar for their yaffle cry while the great spotted woodpecker may visit gardens to feed.
I recalled how often I stand amazed at the unparalleled ingenuity and imaginative beauty of flowers--morning glory, fuchsias, delphiniums, gentians; or the ten or more bird varieties that visit our town garden, from green woodpeckers
to wrens; the exquisite colourings of the red admiral and peacock butterflies.
Besides being a food source for green woodpeckers
, they also eat other insects to maintain a balance.