I walked the circuit taking the footpath from Barrs Lane across the field to the vicarage and then back along the Butts Lane set-a-side. The footpath along the field was fairly unproductive but 4 Skylarks were flushed. A Common Whitethroat was singing opposite the vicarage and another was seen opposite Eastfields Farm with a mouthful of insects, which is a good indicator that there is young being fed.
The majority of butterflies and day flying moths were in the area of the set-a-side. There had definitely been an emergence of Large Skipper as, in this area, I recorded 12. Cinabar Moths were also very much evident with a count of 8. I also saw 4 Brown Argus, 1 ♂ Common Blue, 1 Small Copper, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock, Small White and a few Green-viened Whites.
Also of interest was a ♂ Broad-bodied Chaser dragonfly at the drainage pond and a Hoverfly (Volucella inflata). Red Soldier Beetle, Garden Chafer and Thick-legged Flower Beetle were all present in smaller numbers.
Brown Argus (worn):
Hoverfly (Volucella inflata):