© Andrew Moon
On a very hot Sunday, while England were playing Panama in the World Cup and a Bug Hunt was in progress in the Aquadrome, eight people enjoyed the Wildflower walk.  Janet Ryall stepped in at the last minute as our leader and we cannot thank her enough for sharing her wealth of knowledge.   Sue Sanderson, who usually leads our Walks, had kindly walked me through the route ahead of Sunday and together we found at least 80 wildflowers and some grasses.
Ten of us this year gathered on the causeway at half past eight for a walk round the lake. The weather was sunny, warm and calm, about as different from last year as you can get. However, it seems that the recent cold weather had slowed the migration of the incoming birds. Nevertheless we saw most of the expected birds. There were a few Swallows, (but no house martins or swifts) over Stockers Farm flood meadow along with Egyptian Geese.
Rather different this year. Spring had not really sprung yet and we had brought Heron Watch forward a week or two. Consequently, there were no nesting Little Egrets although we did see three at one point, at least one of which was looking interested in the trees and nest sites. There were a good number of Grey Herons on nests and it is possible that some were sitting on eggs but there were no signs of youngsters.

Unlike last year we had bright sunshine even if it was a bit windy and on the cool side of comfortable. So it was a pleasant morning walk for the 5 of us. Surprisingly given that it had rained all day the day before birds generally were conspicuous by their absence Again without some really cold weather up north bird numbers on the lake remain low. But it does not explain the lack of birds among the trees.

There were 6 of us plus me this year. It was dull but calm and not too cold. The poor light made identifying the birds a bit tricky. There were not a great many birds on the lake or in the trees in the surrounding area. We saw all the species we heard and ended with a tally of 35 species (half a dozen up on last year).

A beautiful sunny day attracted 10 attendees for the 2017 Dragonfly and Butterfly walk. We were very fortunate to have Damien Weller, the Three Rivers District Council Park ranger, with us carrying his sweep net and bug examination pots. This gave us the opportunity to see some dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies close up. As usual all attendees were on the lookout for flying animals as well as some non-flying ones.