I then had a long walk in Brandon Country Park where at least 4 Tree Pipits were singing plus a Firecrest. At the pond there was no sign of any Mandarins but a couple of 'feral' Yellow-eared Terrapins were basking and on the walk back I had Woodlark plus a couple of nice day-flying moths - Speckled Yellow and Mother Shipton.
Before lunch I had time to pop into the Rex Graham Reserve for their Military Orchid open day. I counted c240 plants the vast majority of which were in tip-top nick. Also there were plenty of Common Twayblades, a rare occurence of a Southern Marsh Orchid growing on chalk and several Speckled Woods.
Southern Marsh Orchid - a rare example growing on chalk
A brief look at the roadside at Foxhole Heath failed to reveal any Spanish Catchfly but a Clouded Buff moth was a new one for me and several Cinnabars and Common Blues were out.