Lynchcombe Steps

Sheep - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_5278H

Sheep – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_5278H

Sheep and Butterflies

It’s July, the sun is out and Lynchcombe is covered in sheep and butterflies.  Also, horse flies and ticks so take care!

Most of the sheep were under the trees taking cover from the heat of the sun in the shade.

Sheep - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_5308

Sheep – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_5308

Not every sheep has friends nearby, social distancing is clearly important.

Sheep - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_5278H

Sheep – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_5278H

In the middle of the reserve is a single buddleia bush that is a magnet for the large butterflies.

Peacock (Aglais io) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_5516

Peacock (Aglais io) – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_5516

The thistles so do their bit for the butterflies.  They are a favourite for ringlets, meadow browns and small skippers.

Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_5771

Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus) – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_5771

Marbled whites like it down in the tall dry grass.  Despite being black and white they are hard to spot – they fly up into the air around your feet as you walk by.

Marbled White (Melanargia galathea) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_5804

Marbled White (Melanargia galathea) – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_5804

Marbled White (Melanargia galathea) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_5908

Marbled White (Melanargia galathea) – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_5908

The silver-washed fritillary is increasing in numbers across the reserve.  In today’s heat it has hard to get photographs.  They like it high up in the trees and quickly fly away.

Silver-washed Fritillary (Argynnis paphia) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_5439

Silver-washed Fritillary (Argynnis paphia) – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_5439

And finally…

You have to take at least one picture of the Somerset Levels and Glastonbury Tor in the midday sun.

Glastonbury Tor - From Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_5477H

Glastonbury Tor – From Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_5477H

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