A report of wildlife sightings from the western edge of Maidstone, Kent. I note anything of interest in the vicinity of my home in Barming and from walks into work at the East Malling Research Station along the edge of Barming Woods and down to Ditton. Occasionally, when time allows, I get out to Ditton Quarry, a rich habitat hemmed in by residential and industrial developments on one side, but with open countryside on the other.
Monday, 24 May 2010
Monday 24th May
The best place to be today was in the woods, in the dappled shade of Barming Woods, away from the 27.C heat! Good numbers of butterfles were on the wing, including Orange-tip, Peacock, Large White and Speckled Wood. I cycled round to where I'd heard the Tree Pipit on Friday, but with coppicing continuing close-by I couldn't pick out its song, only a close by Willow Warbler. Cycling back to work a Common Buzzard lifted off from one of the older coppice plantations and soared on the thermals, before drifting west.