Tuesday 04 April – Hanham Leaders : Karen Birmingham, Jean Oliver, Jenny Weeks

In glorious sunshine, two Roe Deer were spotted from the carpark before 29 of us set off through Bickley Wood with its fabulous display of Wood Anemones, Lesser Celandine and the first Bluebells. We soon had good sightings of Blackcap, Nuthatch, Treecreepers and Goldcrest. The trees, still in bud, allowed further good views of Coal Tits, Great Spotted Woodpeckers and on emerging from the woods, Bullfinch. On the further bank of the River Avon, the heronry displayed at least 24 Herons with ten active nests, some containing chicks. Thirty-six bird species were seen in total, as well as five species of butterfly brought out by the warm sunshine. Thanks to Luke for the delicious flapjacks. (Thanks also to Karen, Jean and Jenny for leading) Karen Birmingham