Lynchcombe Update

Lynchcombe from across the combe - Comp E, Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 825_1159

Lynchcombe from across the combe – Comp E, Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 825_1159

After the cold spring June became very hot.  Lynchcombe soon turned green with fresh new leaves, very tall grass and lots of bracken.

Lynchcombe

This year dog rose was in flower in large numbers across the nature reserve.

Dog Rose (Rosa canina) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 825_1212

Dog Rose (Rosa canina) – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 825_1212

The butterflies were starting to appear such as these large skippers.

Large Skipper (Ochlodes sylvanus) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 825_1232

Large Skipper (Ochlodes sylvanus) – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 825_1232

Large Skipper (Ochlodes sylvanus) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 825_1377

Large Skipper (Ochlodes sylvanus) – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 825_1377

The speckled wood butterflies covered the reserve in large numbers during June.  They love the hedgerows and woodland edges.  Soon they will be all over the brambles.

Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 825_1121

Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria) – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 825_1121

The brimstone is one of the first butterflies to appear and was still hanging around.

Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 825_1211

Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni) – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 825_1211

The chimney sweeper moth was out in huge numbers across the neighbouring Deerleap field and the top end of Lynchcombe.

Chimney Sweeper (Odezia atrata) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 825_1493

Chimney Sweeper (Odezia atrata) – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 825_1493

And Finally…

I could not resist photographing these horseflies doing want they do when they are not bitting using.

Horsefly - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK/ ID 825_1137

Horsefly – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK/ ID 825_1137

I was good to see this brightly coloured froghopper.

Froghopper (Ceropis vulnerata) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK/ ID 825_1142

Froghopper (Ceropis vulnerata) – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK/ ID 825_1142

Management work continues on the reserve.  The Somerset Wildlife Trust clearing scrub to create corridors for bats.

Clearing for bats - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID DSC_3236

Clearing for bats – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID DSC_3236

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