This summer, Priest Hill has become a lot more 'wild' and has become more of a nature reserve thanks to all the rain, and for some, 'unpleasant' weather. We can really see the long grass and wildflowers coming through which attract Meadow brown butterflies which one can see in the photos. Marbled white butterflies are also very common now at priest hill. Knapweed attracts many butterflies and as you can see, this is what the Meadow Brown is sitting on.
A kestrel at priest hill is now hunting regularly. Usually I see it hovering every time I visit the nature reserve. Kestrel Facts:
.During the winter many kestrels leave uplands and some move to the continent.
.Most kestrels live in open country areas such as heaths and farms.
.The Kestrel is the most common British bird of prey and is extremely widespread.
It is the 25th of January, hopefully you are doing the big garden bird watch, but anyway at priest hill I firstly saw the classic winter bird- a fieldfare, in a flock of around 20. I also saw a chiffchaff which seemed very tame.
There is quite a lot of wildlife here even in October, perhaps it is because of the very warm weather. The bird is a stonechat, there were many others and I think it is the first time I have seen one. They usually only come to surrey and places around London in winter.
Priest Hill Nature reserve is a very new nature reserve, it used to be where schools played sport. Slowly it became disused and became a dump. A few years later it was transformed into the nature reserve it is today, early in 2014 it had hundreds of breeding skylarks, it was one of the top locations of them in England.