Andrew Mann and I have enjoyed talking to local twitchers along with many previously non or casual Birders when we 'Manned' the exhibition table last weekend to dispense all things relating to the natural history of Bampton concentrating mainly on our feathered friends . We had a very busy time as we collected names from all those wishing to hear a talk and join us for a local walk at later dates (please let me know if you would like to be with us for these events) , this was partly to promote my book 'Birding in the Bush' and I'm delighted to say that not only is it selling well but the feed back has been most up-lifting. All these celebrations are by way of the opening of the upstairs of the library that due to safety issues had been closed for many years. The huge cost of some £400,000 was met with a good deal of help from the television series "Downton Abbey" Bampton was a major location for much of the series.
It's that time of year when I get interested in wild flowering plants, Dragonflies and Moths until the birds start their seasonal movements.
The ground is terribly dry as all living things cry out for water although at the present time there is no sign of any life giving rain on the horizon.