Having bought the excellent 'Photographic Guide to the Grasshoppers and Crickets of Britain and Ireland' by Martin Evans and Roger Edmonson (pub. Wild Guide UK), which contains proper keys, I thought it was time to scientifically check the ID, so captured a rather splendid individual with a bright olive green pronotum. This and the other specimens watched were, not surprisingly, the common Field Grasshopper (Chorthippus brunneus), but no less welcome for that.
There were a couple of Meadow Brown butterflies flitting about, and one sat on a Sedum spectabile and opened up its wings, which this species tends not to do very much.
Nearby, this Common Frog (Rana temporaria)was showing that even the smallest pool of water helps these creatures, having taken up residence in this unpromising bucket of rainwater - which was sat on some rubble awaiting use in further terracing repairs.
Even the smallest pool of water willl be used by Frogs
On a sunny evening 9 Swifts were flying very high overhead, and half a dozen Ring-Necked Parakeets were mobbing what appeared to be a Sparrowhawk. I dashed indoors for a pair of binoculars, but it was gone before I could deploy them.