|Mother and two recently hatched Coot on Upper Pond, Bookham Common|
Today I went to Bookham, in Surrey, for a pleasant family meal, and in the afternoon I visited the Common and walked across The Plain to the Ponds.
In recent years there have been significant changes to make the ponds (which had been neglected and were silting up) far more attractive to wild life. The Isle of Wight pond was in the process of being restored, with the trees round the edge cut back and the island cleared of trees. Looked very untidy but in a few years it will be a great improvement.