I took a stroll around Roding Valley Nature Reserve this morning and came across this Grass Snake.
It soon became apparent that a predator had attacked it, I'm not sure if the predator had been disturbed or if the snake had managed to survive the attack on it's own.
I would think the damage to the scales would probably heal in time, But if there were more serious injuries then it might not make it.
Bird wise, Most of the commoner species were seen and Great and Green Woodpecker were noted along with Blackcap, Common Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff, and Reed Bunting.
Butterflies seen included Peacock, Red Admiral, Large and Small White, Comma, Brimstone and Orange Tip