Langford Heathfield

Langford Heathfield - Somerset, UK. ID 826_1420

Langford Heathfield – Somerset, UK. ID 826_1420

A visit to the Somerset Wildlife Trust nature reserve of Langford Heathfield near Wellington in Somerset.

Langford Heathfield

This is a large reserve that has survived because it is common land protected from development and agriculture.  This was my first visit to the reserve and I was looking forward to some autumn colour.

Langford Heathfield - Somerset, UK. ID 826_1548

Langford Heathfield – Somerset, UK. ID 826_1548

The reserve is a mix of woodland and open heathland.  The bracken was full of colour.

Langford Heathfield - Somerset, UK. ID 826_1646

Langford Heathfield – Somerset, UK. ID 826_1646

Langford Heathfield - Somerset, UK. ID 826_1294

Langford Heathfield – Somerset, UK. ID 826_1294

Golden Bracken - Langford Heathfield, Somerset, UK. ID 826_1501

Golden Bracken – Langford Heathfield, Somerset, UK. ID 826_1501

In the open heathland the mature oak trees provide a great focal point.

Langford Heathfield - Somerset, UK. ID 826_1543

Langford Heathfield – Somerset, UK. ID 826_1543

While in the woods their canopy covers the wooden walkways.

Langford Heathfield - Somerset, UK. ID 826_1684

Langford Heathfield – Somerset, UK. ID 826_1684Langford Heathfield – Somerset, UK. ID 826_1684

The walkways through the wood make strolling around a pleasure.  They are a key feature of the reserve and I should have taken more pictures of them.

Fly Agaric

The reserve is a great location to see the poisonous Fly Agaric toadstools.  Do not touch them!

Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria) - Langford Heathfield, Somerset, UK.

Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria) – Langford Heathfield, Somerset, UK.

They were everywhere.

Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria) - Langford Heathfield, Somerset, UK. ID 826_1310

Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria) – Langford Heathfield, Somerset, UK. ID 826_1310

Your classic red toadstool with white spots.

Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria) - Langford Heathfield, Somerset, UK. ID 826_1647

Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria) – Langford Heathfield, Somerset, UK. ID 826_1647

Common Darters

On this warm day there were loads of common darters flying around the glades.

Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) - Langford Heathfield, Somerset, UK. ID 826_1371

Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) – Langford Heathfield, Somerset, UK. ID 826_1371

And Finally…

You cannot miss the fabulous little shetland ponies.

Shetland Ponies - Langford Heathfield - Somerset, UK. ID 826_1624H

Shetland Ponies – Langford Heathfield – Somerset, UK. ID 826_1624H

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