A few hours this morning was spent walking around the marvellous Iffin woods, situated on the outskirts of Canterbury. The area of the woods where my efforts were concentrated is predominantly Hazel coppice with some stands of mature pine and deciduous trees, throughout the woodland are clearings of thick bramble ideal for warbler species. Bird species seen during the walk were, Treecreeper, 6 singing Blackcap, 3 Singing Chiffchaff, 1 singing Willow Warbler and a Garden Warbler. Many of the usual woodland species were also recorded including, Blue, Great and Long-tailed Tit, Chaffinch, Robin, Blackbird and Greater spotted Woodpecker. A few Butterflies were seen including Green-veined White, Common Blue and the rather smart Speckled Wood shown below.
A range of wildflowers were seen within the woodland, in areas where the absence of Bluebells allowed other species to flourish. Species recorded include Bugle, Primrose, Garlic Mustard, Lady's Smock, Lesser Celandine, Wood Anenome, Red Campion, Wood Speedwell, Greater Stitchwort and White dead Nettle. The discovery of some Yellow Archangel was only beaten by finding Common Twayblade, both of these species were the first i have seen this year.