Rediscovery Trail

Back on the Discovery Trail through the Great Breach Wood in the heart of Somerset.

The Discovery Trail - Great Breach Wood, Somerset, UK. ID 808_1206

The Discovery Trail – Great Breach Wood, Somerset, UK. ID 808_1206

Silver-Washed Fritillaries

At this time of year you cannot miss the large silver-washed fritillary butterflies gliding through the rides and resting in the trees.  Do not forget to look up when walking through a wood.

Silver-washed Fritillary (Argynnis paphia) – Great Breach Wood, Somerset, UK. ID 822_9093

The Trail

The Discovery Trail takes you on a level 2km walk around the Somerset Wildlife Trust reserve.  It links a wonderful series of rides and open glades

Discovery Trail - Great Breach Wood, Somerset, UK. ID 822_8741

Discovery Trail – Great Breach Wood, Somerset, UK. ID 822_8741

Parking is available at the Combe Hill car park plus a few spaces at the forestry entrance just down the road.

Brimestone

A classic butter coloured butterfly feed on the brambles that line the rides and forest tracks.

Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni) - Great Breach Wood, Somerset, UK. ID 822_9249

Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni) – Great Breach Wood, Somerset, UK. ID 822_9249

Information Posts

Along the trail are information posts describing the nature and history of the woodland.

Discovery Trail - Great Breach Wood, Somerset, UK. ID 822_9373

Discovery Trail – Great Breach Wood, Somerset, UK. ID 822_9373

Comma

The glades are mini grasslands and attract butterflies such as this comma.

Comma (Polygonia c-album) - Great Breach Wood, Somerset, UK. ID 822_9274

Comma (Polygonia c-album) – Great Breach Wood, Somerset, UK. ID 822_9274

Glades

Every few hundred yards are open sunny glades.  Full of wildflowers that take advantage of the sunlight.

Summer Glades - Great Breach Wood, Somerset, UK. ID 822_9295

Summer Glades – Great Breach Wood, Somerset, UK. ID 822_9295

Marbled Whites

Thistles attract marbled white and skipper butterflies

Marbled White (Melanargia calathea) - Great Breach Wood, Somerset, UK. ID 822_9385

Marbled White (Melanargia calathea) – Great Breach Wood, Somerset, UK. ID 822_9385

Roe Deer

If you are quite you can hear roe deer walking deep in the wood.  Get ready with your camera and if you are lucky one will dash across the ride.

Deer - Great Breach Wood, Somerset, UK. ID 822_9305

Deer – Great Breach Wood, Somerset, UK. ID 822_9305

Ringlets

At this time of year butterflies are mating everywhere.  Often while hiding under leaves or high up in the trees.

Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus) - Great Breach Wood, Somerset, UK. ID 822_9049

Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus) – Great Breach Wood, Somerset, UK. ID 822_9049

A Dog Barks

Of course dog walkers use the trail.  When a dog barks you may see a deer dash passed.

Deer Crossing - Great Breach Wood, Somerset, UK. ID 803_2530

Deer Crossing – Great Breach Wood, Somerset, UK. ID 803_2530

Comma

With several broods during the year these character full butterflies could be seen at any time.

Comma (Polygonia c-album) – Great Breach Wood, Somerset, UK. ID 822_9021

And Finally…

Don’t miss the opportunity for a quick de-tour to enjoy the views from the edge of the woodland.

Compton Dundon from Great Breach Wood - Somerset, UK. ID 808_1218

Compton Dundon from Great Breach Wood – Somerset, UK. ID 808_1218

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