Category: Update

Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 823_0386

Lynchcombe Steps

I have been doing the Lynchcombe butterfly transect a lot this year.  This partly due to the good summer weather this year.  In the passed the weather has been so bad that it has...

Small Copper (Lycaeena phlaeas) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 823_9599

Lynchcombe Steps

Having a wild thyme on Lynchcombe even when the coppers arrived. Sorry, but today on the steep slopes of the combe in Lynchcombe there were some beautiful and unexpected small coppers (Lycaeena phlaeas) feeding on...

Marbled White (Melanargia calathea) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 823_0224

Lynchcombe Steps

After the trips to Great Breach Wood it was time for Lynchcombe to demonstrate it can serve up its share of silver-washed fritillaries.  It did not disappoint. Silver-washed Fritillaries The silver-washed fritillaries were still...

Common Red Soldier Beetle (Rhagonycha fulva) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 822_8568

Lynchcombe Steps

Today was another walk around the Somerset Wildlife Trust Lynchcombe reserve where I am a volunteer warden. During last weeks visit I had to ring up the farmer to help return some sheep back into the...

Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 822_7795

Lynchcombe Steps

Back up to the Somerset Wildlife Trust reserve of Lynchcombe to check on things and count the butterflies. Small Skippers This week the thistles arrived and with them the small skippers (Thymelicus sylvestnis).  They have...

Lynchcombe - Somerset, UK. ID 822_6878

Lynchcombe Steps

An extremely hot day promised much at Lynchcombe.  Would the butterflies come out and get counted? Comma It is possible to see comma butterflies at anytime of the year even on warm winter days...

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...

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...

Lynchcombe Steps

As the year makes the transition from spring to summer I expected to see a dip in the number of records on my butterfly survey across Lynchcombe. At this time of year hawthorn is in blossom...

Mother and Lamb - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 821_1520

Lynchcombe Steps

Spring on Lynchcombe and there are plenty of mothers and lambs around the reserve. This Somerset Wildlife Trust nature reserve is grazed by sheep to keep the grass short.  They are told to nibble...