The weather since I last posted a blog has deteriorated somewhat; from balmy March days to rather changeable conditions, though there is now a hint of warmth in the sun. Migrants have appeared in some numbers with willow warblers singing from every patch of suitable ground. Pied flycatchers are back in the woods and are joined by increasing numbers of redstarts. A cuckoo echoed across the valley this morning and a few tree pipits are singing on the bracken slopes of Foel fawr, the hill opposite the main part of the reserve. Carrying out a butterfly transect I saw speckled woods. peacocks, a small tortoiseshell and a couple of lovely male orange tips and saw a freshly emerged large red damselfly, the first of the year. In the next few days I expect the first wood warblers, sedge warblers and house martins which have already been seen elsewhere in the county but have yet to arrive on the reserve. Rather early this year has been the emergence of bluebells with many shooting up and flowering though the best of this magic blue carpet has yet to arrive.Spring is truly here, despite the odd night frost.