Round Wood

On Milton Hill, above the small City of Wells, in Somerset is a small wood.  It sits on the north side of the hill and spends much of it time in the shade.  But in spring the light peers over the ridge and reaches the woodland floor in the afternoon.

Round Wood - Near Wells, Somerset, UK. ID 810_5363

Round Wood – Near Wells, Somerset, UK. ID 810_5363

I started my walk in Wells and walked up Milton Lane, passed the quarry, into Round Wood.  Small paths, used by climbers,  provide access to the higher slopes where you find the best Wood Anemones.  Next is split rock, a local landmark.  The woodland paths continue to a clearing on side of the hill that looks out to the village of Wookey Hole.

Wood Anemones

Park Wood in the Wells is not the only wood in the area that puts on a display of Wood Anemones.  Round Wood does a pretty good job as well.

Wood Anemones - Round Wood, Nr Wells, Somerset, UK. ID 810_5267

Wood Anemones – Round Wood, Nr Wells, Somerset, UK. ID 810_5267

Wood Anemones - Round Wood, Nr Wells, Somerset, UK. ID 810_5321

Wood Anemones – Round Wood, Nr Wells, Somerset, UK. ID 810_5321

Wookey Hole

On leaving the wood the small path opens out onto a steep clearing with views over Wookey Hole and up the side of the Mendip Hills passed Ebbor Gorge.

Wookey Hole - Somerset, UK. ID 810_5380

Wookey Hole – Somerset, UK. ID 810_5380

The Clearing

In the clearing a few butterflies were about such as this Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae) which had come out of hibernation.

Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae) - Round Wood, Somerset, UK. ID 810_5398

Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae) – Round Wood, Somerset, UK. ID 810_5398

Also, my current favourites bee-flies.

Dark-edged Bee-fly (Bombylius major) - Somerset, UK. ID 810_5455

Dark-edged Bee-fly (Bombylius major) – Somerset, UK. ID 810_5455

 

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