It’s a little early to claim spring is here, but all the signs today were pointing in that direction. Duncan was out at Prestwick Carr checking the fence for damage and on many of the posts, in the sun, were one or more ladybirds. They all seemed to be the relatively common seven spot species but there were a surprising number out and about. They have been turning up all winter when wood has been moved but presumably the lack of frosts has enabled them to survive and the warm sunshine had brought them into the open.
A bumblebee also burst out from below the fence, emerging into the bright day. It will struggle to find much food; there were few flowers showing apart from patches of celandine and some catkins on the alder trees. The second, being wind-pollinated, will be of little use to the emergent bee.
There were plenty of roe deer to be seen too, bouncing through the woodland or across the wetland areas nearby.