Lynchcombe Update

Hawthorm in Bloom - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_1581

Hawthorm in Bloom – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_1581

Back in May I visited Lynchcombe to check on the nature reserve for which I am a volunteer warden for the Somerset Wildlife Trust.  It is September now and it has been another fascinating summer in the countryside.  After a series of computer issues, broken cameras and a busy period at work its time to try and catch-up with my posts.

The bluebells are hanging on in the woodland of the sheltered combe.

Bluebells - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_1229

Bluebells – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_1229

Thistles are starting to pop up throughout the reserve.

Musk Thistle (Carduus nutans) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_1314

Musk Thistle (Carduus nutans) – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_1314

A tiny little hazel leaf-rolling weevil going for a walk on a hazel leaf.

Hazel Leaf-rolling Weevil (Apoderus coryli) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_1198

Hazel Leaf-rolling Weevil (Apoderus coryli) – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_1198

This grizzled skipper butterfly was a first for me on the reserve.  It decided to rest in the middle of the path used by the sheep passing up and down the combe.

Grizzled Skipper (Pyrgus malvae) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID Img_1222

Grizzled Skipper (Pyrgus malvae) – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID Img_1222

I’m not sure which ermine moth this is but it had put in a lot of hard work covering the thistle.

Ermine moth on thistle - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_1254

Ermine moth on thistle – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_1254

Speckled wood butterflies are normally the first I see each spring.

Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_1150

Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria) – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_1150

The brown argus butterflies were out in numbers.

Brown Argus (Aricia agestis) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_1414

Brown Argus (Aricia agestis) – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_1414

As were the small heaths at the top of the reserve.

Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_1555

Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus) – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_1555

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