Lynchcombe Update

Scrub Clearance - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_5214

Scrub Clearance – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_5214

Lynchcombe

Recently Somerset Wildlife Trust contractors and volunteers have been out clearing scrub and fixing fences around the nature reserve.

Lynchcombe - Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_5203

Lynchcombe – Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_5203

There are still plenty of sheep sharing the steep Lynchcombe fields with those higher up in Deerleap.

Sheep - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6817

Sheep – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6817

This time of year the blackthorn is out in bloom.

Blackthorn (Prunus spinos) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6862

Blackthorn (Prunus spinos) – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6862

The flowers attract the few butterflies that are already out and amount.

Comma (Polygonia c-album) on Blackthorn (Prunus spinos) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6765

Comma (Polygonia c-album) on Blackthorn (Prunus spinos) – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6765

This peacock butterfly was beautiful.

Peacock butterfly (Inachis io) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6773

Peacock butterfly (Inachis io) – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6773

While this speckled wood preferred to rest on the ground.

Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6849

Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria) – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6849

And Finally…

I watched this beetle walking around a clump of moss next to a dry-stone wall.

Bloody-nosed Beetle (Timarcha tenebricosa) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6922

Bloody-nosed Beetle (Timarcha tenebricosa) – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6922

It struggled to get passed some wire fencing.  It did not seem to know what to do – it simply crawled along it until if bumped its head on the wire.

Bloody-nosed Beetle (Timarcha tenebricosa) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6922

Bloody-nosed Beetle (Timarcha tenebricosa) – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6922

Eventually, it decided just to fall off.

Bloody-nosed Beetle (Timarcha tenebricosa) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6932

Bloody-nosed Beetle (Timarcha tenebricosa) – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_6932

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