I got back from holiday climbing mountains in the Lake District so where better to go than the steep Lynchcombe nature reserve on the edge of the Mendip Hills in Somerset.
Lots of sheep on the reserve today.
And lots of small copper butterflies out in Somerset (and probably elsewhere). I keep seeing them on walks everywhere.
They were seeking out the last few bramble flowers.
Small numbers of speckled wood butterflies were out and about warming up on the hawthorn trees.
Despite there being huge numbers of big sloe berries this year I have still not seen a brown hairstreak butterfly anywhere near Lynchcombe.
I had not seen this group of toadstools climbing up this moss covered hawthorn tree before.
At the top of the reserve was a swarm of midges. Not the best place to pick blackberries (they are not ripe anyway).