We started out yesterday at Blackford Pond, which is a small suburban pond that can often surprise with its variety of wildlife.
There were several little grebes around,
including one pair who were on a nest
There were also bees and hoverflies aplenty along the edge of the pond including this handsome Helophilus sp (sometimes known as the footballer hoverfly), which along with all the other hoverflies seen, I'll be recording with the UK Hoverflies Facebook group:
Friends of Midmar Paddock Facebook page).
Big Butterfly Count which ends today.
We then walked through the woodland of Hermitage of Braid, enjoying the shade of the trees, coming out into the sunlight again neat the Rangers Centre where the wildflowers were again drawing in the pollinators, including this meadow brown butterfly, which we also recorded in the Big Butterfly Count.
Harrison Park where we found quite a few insects in the wild flower borders including this Syrphus sp hoverfly