Even if the winter and spring merged, we have had some migrants on the heath - chiffchaffs, willow warbler, blackcap, garden warbler and cuckoos have been spotted and heard, which is great to hear these anywhere, but even better on the heath.
The nightingale may well have arrived – Malcolm Brown thinks he
heard a short burst of its song yesterday – but the whitethroats and linnets are
singing beautifully and can be heard and seen all over the heath. With the
recent warm weather grass snakes and common lizards have been seen all over the
place. We may also have some red-legged partridges nesting.