I spent some time in Gosforth Park nature reserve at the beginning of last week while the weather was still good. The bird life was fairly quiet, with the birds getting on with the breeding season but insects were abundant, especially mosquitoes!
It seems that the butterflies may be a week or two behind where they were at this time last year and that goes for some of the flora as well. However this Small Copper was a nice find amongst the buttercups and hawkbits by the screen hide.
A few orchids were thrusting their way up too, like this Common Spotted Orchid. I also managed to see the single spike of Coral Root Orchid which is currently showing…nice!