It was cold but dry and 29 birders, having placed lunch orders, left the ‘White Horse’ to meander around the many footways of the area. Not surprisingly, Mallard seen on Bradley Brook was first on our list of 22 species, which included Siskin, Skylark, Grey Wagtail and Fieldfare. Green Woodpecker put in a few calls as we walked across Bury Fort and Buzzard and Magpie also put in a brief appearance there. Ransom’s garlic scented the air beside the River Frome where a coffee stop was made and two members provided some delicious nibbles. There were 24 birders in the pub for lunch and a presentation by the ‘Princes’ was made to our outgoing super-organiser, Peter Holbrook.