A before six start enabled a dual visit to Garn Lakes Local Nature Reserve and the Mile Pond. Cuckoo was in fine voice at both localities along with whitethroat, skylark, meadow pipit and reed bunting. Although I did manage to detect the distinctive call of a stonechat from the lower slopes of the Coity my feeling is they are generally less plentiful than previous years - possibly a symptom of the prevoius hard winter. Other notables include a pair of tufted duck and a tatty peacock butterfly.
On my return from Mile Pond however I noted recognition at long last of our natural heritage via the naming of the above coal wagon after one of the valley's premier nature reserves. I'm dreaming again!