The last few days have been fairly cold overnight with a bright sunshine and a wonderful white ground frost welcoming early morning visitors to the Fen. The sun soon gets to work and we've had some really lovely sunny days on the Fen which is bringing the wildlife out. There's still sightings a few short eared owls and hen harriers but numbers are decreasing as the birds head North to breed. According to retired Warden, Ralp Sargent, the remaining hen harriers are mostly ringtails, too young to bred, so the urge to head North is not quite so great!
The search for a mate is in full swing on the fen and their are frequent reports of 'drumming' snipe and reports of a 'booming' bittern from the reedbeds on Adventurer's Fen. We've also had the first reported sightings this year of a grass snake (Adventurer's Trail) common lizard (Boardwalk Trail) and a water vole (pond in front of the Visitor Centre). Butterflies are also out and about with sightings of peacocks, brimstone and fritillary's.