Bradfield Wood & Micklemere, Suffolk, 13 April 2017
A trip out in the Bury St Edmunds direction to the lovely ancient woodland reserve of Bradfield Wood. Oxlip has been on my wanted list for a while and this SWT reserve is a fantastic site for the species. They were pretty plentiful along the rides with even a couple of plants by the carpark! A few Water Avens were coming into flower and nice to see this locally scarce species. There wasn't much bird action so I continued botanising adding Wood Spurge, Common Dog Violets, loads of Bluebells, Wild Garlic and Wood Anenomes, Greater Stitchwort, Bugle, Dogs Mercury and Yellow Archangel as I gradually get to grips with the common species!
A quick call in at Micklemere after some shopping in Bury revealed a pair of Little Ringed Plovers, 1 Snipe, 1 Little Egret and just the usual, but quite varied, selection of wildfowl.