Following My Feet Following Jeff Bevan across Somerset

Weston Airshow 2017 - Uphill, North Somerset, UK. ID 822_6317

Weston Air Festival

This weekend is the Weston Air Festival so where else could I go to watch the displays but the Uphill local nature reserve. May be with a few orchids and butterflies thrown in? The...

Large Blue (Maculinea arion) - Green Down, Somerset, UK. ID 822_5062

Large Blues IV

Today I returned to Green Down for my forth visit. The views from Green Down are beautiful, but today was not about the views instead it was my last chance to get the pictures of the large blues...

Large Blue (Maculinea arion) - Green Down, Somerset, UK. ID 822_5000

Large Blues III

Return visit in the evening to Green Down to photograph the large blue butterflies. Wild Tyme The large blue butterfly is very rare.  One of the reasons must be its complicated lifecycle.  The caterpillars...

Poppy Fields - Cary Hill, Castle Cary, Somerset, UK. ID 822_4936

Cary Hill

At the top of Cary Hill south of the small town of Castle Cary there are two fields of poppies. So soon after 5 am I headed out to capture these fields in the golden first...

Large Blue (Maculinea arion) - Green Down, Somerset, UK. ID 822_4873

Large Blues II

The elusive large blue of Somerset. I decided to spend this week visiting Green Down as often as I could to try and experience the large blue season. Large Blues I think most of...

Herb-Robert (Geranium robertianum) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 822_4766

Lynchcombe Steps

Return to Lynchcombe to find large numbers of butterflies – all brown. During the summer the reserve will be covered by meadow browns, ringlets and speckled woods. Brambles The big change this week was...

Dog Rose (Rosa canina) - Green Down, Somerset, UK. ID 822_4490

Green Down

The Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Green Down is a steep bank on the side of the Polden Hills in the heart of Somerset. This first view of Green Down was confusing.  It does not have the...

Large Blue (Maculinea arion) - Green Down, Somerset, UK. ID 822_4409

Large Blue

Having heard on twitter that the large blue butterfly season was underway early this year I headed out to Green Down in the heart of Somerset. Large Blue Green Down is a Somerset Wildlife...

Bee Orchid (Ophrys apifera) - Ivythorn Hill, Somerset, UK. ID 822_3526

Ivythorn Hill

I heard on Twitter that large blue butterflies have already been flying this year. This is very exciting so on the way home I stopped at Collard Hill.  However, the weather was poor and on finding...

Nursery Web Spider (Pisaura mirabilis) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 822_3284

Lynchcombe Steps

A chance to catch-up on my weekly butterfly transect around the Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Lynchcombe nature reserve.  It was a cold start to the day, a time when even the flies are trying to...