Lynchcombe Steps

Lynchcombe - Somerset, UK. ID 822_6886

Lynchcombe – Somerset, UK. ID 822_6886

Lynchcombe

Catching up on another month of visits to the Lynchcombe nature reserve.  The site has fantastic views across Somerset, and June provided some clear evenings with glorious colours.

At the top of the reserve is an old concrete fence.  It would be nice if this could be replaced with a traditional stone wall.

Break in the weather - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_4586H

Break in the weather – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_4586H

Long views on long summer evenings.

Westbury-sub-Mendip - From Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_4441

Westbury-sub-Mendip – From Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_4441

Sometimes is hard to imagine living anywhere else.

Westbury-sub-Mendip - From Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_4446

Westbury-sub-Mendip – From Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_4446

Late in the evening, after the sun has gone down, the views towards Brent Knoll hill were worth the wait.

Deerleap Sunset - Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_4526

Deerleap Sunset – Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_4526

Its not just the views that draws people to the area.  Each corner of the reserve has its own collection of insects and plants.

The beetles and butterflies seem happy to share the same bramble flowers.

Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina) and Swollen-thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_4114

Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina) and Swollen-thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis) – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_4114

Clearly, they are not everyone’s favourites but I have been trying to learn the names of some flies – including horse flies.

Band-Eyed Brown Horsefly (Tabanus bromius) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_3985

Band-Eyed Brown Horsefly (Tabanus bromius) – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_3985

But butterflies are still my favourites.

Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 825_1256

Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 825_1256

Who can’t but love a skipper?

Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 822_7738

Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris) – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 822_7738

And finally…

The reserve has been covered in sheep.  I think this brings in the flies – big time.

Sheep on Lynchcombe - Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_3967

Sheep on Lynchcombe – Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_3967

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