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Tree Sparrow

According to the RSPB, the UK tree sparrow population has suffered a severe decline, estimated at 93 per cent between 1970 and 2008, although recent Breeding Bird Survey data suggests that numbers may have started to increase, albeit from a very low point. I count myself lucky, then, to see tree sparrows fairly regularly here in the East Midlands.

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Butterflies and Dragonflies

A few from the archives; can’t wait to see them all again this summer. From the top: butterflies – large white, marbled white, mating marsh fritillaries, peacock, chalk hill blue, and a unique sighting – the scarce yellow-legged tortoiseshell; dragonflies – female broad-bodied chaser, male banded demoiselle.large-whitemarbled-white1marsh-fritillaries-matingpeacockchalkhill-blue1jac6931female-broad-bodied-chaserbanded-demoiselle1

Spring at Attenborough

Attenborough Nature Reserve, near Nottingham, really comes alive in Springtime and we spend as much time as we can there, looking for early butterflies and the warblers arriving. (Whitethroat and Male Orange Tip).

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