Butterflies were on the wing, with large skippers allowing my close approach with the macro lens. Ringlets, meadow browns and small tortoiseshells a little less co-operative.
Out on the pool, where water levels are much lower, 22 lapwings were gathered and a single common sandpiper was feeding along the water's edge. Yellowhammers are still singing from the scrub and hedgerows; sand martins regularly to and fro from nest holes in their specially designed tower.
Lots of other flowers in bloom: grass vetching particularly caught my eye, and hoary plantain flowers were attracting a few insects.