After staying with Matt it was a really early start the next morning as he was doing a bird survey locally and I had to get out of the house!!
I arrived in Wiltshire very early, far too early for the Fritillaries, but I know this site is so good for many other creatures.
As I parked the car a guy was just packing up in the car next to mine. He had been recording bird song since 4am and he was quite chatty about some of the things he had seen, which included plenty of Brown Hares. I particularly like Brown Hares and I was pleased when just a few yards into my walk one stopped on the path in front of me, followed by another in the longer grass. Neither were quite close enough to get a good shot, but still closer than I have had locally.