Just a note to say how good it has been this last week to see so many healthy fledglings being fed around the garden compared to last year when we saw hardly any. Today there were three chaffinch, seven blue-tit, three marsh tit, five great-tit, nuthatches, plus well grown robins. We've even seen song thrushes earlier and blackbirds are nesting again.

When carrying out checks on the dormouse nest boxes last week, many of which are used by birds especially tits, we only found one dead fledgling, a relief after last year's sorry trail when we had many abandoned nests to clear out. (Pity we didn't see many dormice but the three at Stara were very welcome!)