Following on from the thread I started on wildlife you used to see in our youth, I thought I would add this thread as this weekend whilst stalking I saw 2 Hornets, that appeared to be from foreign climbs.
Both were treble the size of a good old English Wasp, purple in colour with the obvious black markings, on the first occasion I managed to point it out to the client as it was fairly near to us both, the second occasion was on a different part of the estate and flew into the wood near to where we were standing.
The weekend result was quite positive with 3 clients and 3 Bucks from Friday morning to early Sunday morning. One buck being a very unusual beast in that the antlers are about 7" above the ears and almost spikes. He was also blind in one eye.
Where I used to live we were inundated with Ring Neck Parakeets, some of which I shot under licence for Canterbury University who were carrying out a DNA study with regards to the Mauritius Parakeet which is highly endangered.
We also get a good many White Egrets now, although I have yet to see either species where I now live. Apart from the dreaded Mink which has decimated English wildlife, we also had a colony of Beavers not that far away, which had been released about 20 years ago.