— Chris Aylen

Back to nature

Open heathland and marsh areas

The hot spell over Easter meant that I didn’t want to spend time inside for once. Off to Ashdown Forest and Thursley Common on a few different days, just for a walk around to see what was there. Without much effort, we saw plenty of amazing things. Those less interested might turn their noses up, but seeing grass snakes, various lizards and cuckoos was enjoyable. And it cost nothing.

Natural lake with ducks and geese

Bombus terrestris - the buff-tailed bumblebee or large earth bumblebee

Common lizard

Chaffinch

Speckled wood butterfly

Larger common lizard