Some interesting observations today that have done nothing to get me in the Christmas spirit! Firstly a Red Admiral feeding on flowering Ivy. Second a pair of winter plumage Great -crested Grebes doing their pairing display. Third at least 2 Pipistrelle bats and some moths on the wing around the reservoir. With temperatures around 14 c it is no surprise that some of our wildlife is confused. Coupled with Atlantic storms, ( now bearing hurricane like names), dumping the 200 year flood every ten years, perhaps it is time to follow some of the guidance given by the Stern report!