Sunday morning found me doing a quick bird survey of a field on the edge of the village. Developers have been all around the village trying to get permission to build on almost every conceivable space. In this case I was checking what birds were present as the developers commissioned survey took place in November and not surprisingly didn't find much of any interest! In an hour we found 46 birds of 18 different species in and around the field, including three birds of red conservation status (yellowhammer, house sparrow & skylark). There were also many butterflies and insects around, including this rather lovely puss moth caterpillar in a mature hedge bordering the proposed site. Hopefully my input helps at least get a proper discussion of the wildlife value of this plot.