I had to post this picture of the lovely egg I found underneath the nest box just now. The blue tits have obviously been clearing out now the babies are here, and decided to get rid of this egg that hadn't hatched.
This blog charts the fortunes of water voles in and around the Whitchurch area, North Shropshire. Water voles are one of the UK's most threatened mammals, extinct in many counties, and so it's vital they receive as much monitoring and protection as there is going. Here in Whitchurch we're lucky enough to have them right in the middle of town - how cool is that?