Kings Castle Wood
This Somerset Wildlife Trust reserve sits above the small city of Wells. The woodland floor is rich in wild flowers such as bluebells, wood anemones and wood violets.
It is possible to explore the woods using a network of small paths. The south facing slopes does have some semi-open glades but I found it hard to get an open view through all the undergrowth and cut branches.
The wild garlic will be out soon.
As wells as bluebells there are yellow patches of celandines spotted with occasional wood anemones.
Before the tree leaves open the sun finds it way down to the violets and primroses.
The woodland spring butterflies are attracted by the flowers. Today was the day of the speckled wood butterfly.
There were lots of speckled woods dashing around then resting in the dappled light of the woodland floor.
The orange-tip butterflies did not want to be photographed.
I was surprised to see this comb-horn cranefly reading the SWT’s interpretation board.
It took me a long time on the internet to figure out what it was. But it turns out that this is a rare find.
When I looked back through by pictures I discovered that the same fly was in this picture of the notice board taken 40mins early. It most be a slow reader!