As I walked down the side of the Railway Lake I spotted a Newt coming up for a gulp of air before diving back down again. I managed to locate it on the bottom of the lake and took a couple of pictures, they're obviously a bit lacking in sharpness but never mind.
A bit further along the bank in the long grass I found another White butterfly (below), I'm going to stick my neck out here and say that this is a female Green Veined White? If i'm wrong please let me down gently.
GREEN VEINED WHITE
One of the most prolific flies airborne at the moment is the St Mark's Fly (below) so called because it usually appears on or around St Mark's Day, 25th April. They are easily identified in flight by their oddly cumbersome flight and their long dangling legs. At rest you can see their unusual closed wing formation whereby one wing completely overlays the other. I also know these as Hawthorn flies and I believe Trout regard them as a very tasty snack.
ST MARK'S FLY
In the reeds around Brookland lake I spotted this suspended nest pictured below. At least I think that's what it is.
As I was taking another picture of it a little face appeared in the viewfinder, it's a Reed Warbler and I can only assume that this is the work of Mrs Reed Warbler. In which case, who's a clever girl then! If it isn't, help...........................................!
Finally, as I walked towards the car park I noticed this huge plume of smoke on the near horizon, it really looked like a serious fire, maybe coming from the paper mill at the bottom of New Hythe. Haven't heard yet exactly what it was but it sure was spectacular.
I've just heard that the smoke was from a fire at the local Homebase store at Quarry Wood Aylesford, just a little way along the river as the Crow flies. Hopefully nobody was hurt.