Today I called in at Mill Hill around noon and found some changes. The reserve management team have been busy clearing more privet and other shrubby areas to create more suitable habitat for the wonderful selection of butterflies that Mill Hill supports. I was delighted to see an adder slither off at the western end of the lower slope. It had been sunning itself in exactly the same place where I saw one in late 2010. The spot gets the late Autumn sun and is next to scrub for cover. I also saw a bumble bee and a crow but not much else.