(John Clegg’s report) The walk started off at the Waterside pub with the large group of Canada Geese. From the bank we had a good view of a Kingfisher going over the overflow of the dam, with a second seen over the lake.
As we walked around the lake a flock of 30 Fieldfares flew over the first of the winter. At our lunch stop on the bridge we saw a large number of Drown Flies on the Ivy. At Otterswift Farm there were two species of Hawthorn in the hedge Common and Midland. On the lake we saw nine Great Crested Grebes in a group and five Heron flew over together. Total bird species seen was 33, including a couple of late Swallows.
On a dead Wood Pigeon there were several Green Bottle Flies. We saw a good number of Red Admirals and one Speckled Wood. Some of the group also saw a 19-spot Ladybird.