I had some time recently to visit a new reserve in Essex that has a strong reputation for butterflies. Langdon Hills Country Park/EWT is situated in south Essex near Basildon and consists mainly of woodland and meadowland.
As soon as I caught up with one, it would fly off back over my head. Anyone watching me would have called the local looney bin for advice.
From Langdon Hills, I made my way over to Hanningfield Reservoir.. There were a couple of birds that I need and I felt Hanningfield would be good for them. Firstly I needed Red-crested Pochard and Hanningfield is a sure bet for this duck. I also needed Common Sandpiper which again I have nearly always seen here.