Lynchcombe Nature Reserve
Middle of May is probably my favourite time of year. The spring flowers are out and summer is just over the horizon. At Lynchcombe, following Blackthorn, the Hawthorn trees are out in bloom.
We have had some rain and the grass is very, very long – lush.
The common blue butterflies are already out and about. A good sign as some years I do not see any. I’m sure they are there – just not enough to spot.
Bracken has been encroaching over the reserve for years. Somerset Wildlife Trust are busy cutting it back but its an endless task.
However, protected by the crunchy dead bracken from last year their is a rich understory of flowers between the slender fronds. Of course, where the flowers grow the insects follow such as the tiny brown argus below.
It’s widespread across the reserve, and all over Mendip Hills. It is so beautiful.
Lynchcombe has a secret dark corner. Water flows into a sink hole only to reappear at the bottom of the Mendip Hills. Surrounding the hole are trees and ferns. The area is dark and damp – expect to see a dinosaur (perhaps a small one) at any moment.
The reserve has a small collection of bluebells most growing out in the open grassland of the combe. They manage to avoid trampling by sheep. Being too toxic for the sheep to eat I assume they just leave the area alone.