Ivy South Hide definitely delivered the goods when I opened up this morning. I could hear a reed warbler singing just left of the hide as I unlocked the door but the first thing I saw from inside the hide was a large grass snake basking on a log less than a metre from the hide window.
Left of the hide of I saw the reed warbler, it wouldn’t stay still for a photograph but while trying to get a picture I noticed a four-banded longhorn beetle on a reed.
A little way out into the lake two coots have begun nesting on the life ring rafts that Adam, volunteer Zoe and I put out back in March.
As if this wasn’t enough the vegetation below the hide is also looking brilliant with red campion, hemlock-water dropwort and yellow flag all adding colour. Adam and I cut back gorse and bramble the last two autumns and this seems to be benefiting the wild flowers here.