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.
First Wheatear of the year (female) on Sweets Lane paddocks, East Malling. Little Owl and a few Mipits still around. Cracking day for butterflies with Peacock, Small Tort and an Orange Tip all on the wing.