Finally I had a chance to go experience spring in Derbyshire today at Carsington Water. Plenty of birds around including my first willow warbler and blackcap of the year. Lots of flowers out today – opposite-leaved golden saxifrage, colts foot, gorse, strawberry, cowslip, wood anemone, and my first bluebell of the year. The trees are beginning to burst into leaf and flower, with the blackthorn being the most impressive. A number of butterflies were seen around the reservoir, including Peacocks, small tortoiseshell, comas and a single Brimstone. We also caught sight of two toads who seemed to be preoccupied, but sadly the path wasn’t the most appropriate place and they were heading away from the water!