Tagged: Priddy Mineries

Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea) - Waldegrave, Somerset, UK. ID JBA_4142

Waldegrave Pond

The Jewell in the crowd for Dragonflies on the Mendip Hills is the Waldegrave Pond. This is part of the former Somerset Wildlife Trust reserve of Priddy Mineries. Sadly the SWT no longer manage...

Mendip Field - Priddy, Somerset, UK. ID 809_2405

Priddy Snow

Like most of the UK, the county of Somerset was forecast some snow.  While driving home from work on Thursday heavy snow was falling on Shepton Mallet.  But after a day of rain it...

Waldegrave Pool, Priddy Mineries

Waldegrave Pool

These pictures of Waldegrave Pool, on the Mendip Hills, were taken during the early morning when the air was so calm the water was completely still.  The only ripples caused by the occasional coot collecting nest material....

Ice at Priddy Mineries


The path through Priddy Mineries was covered in frozen puddles.  Helped by trapped air; the flow of water and some hoar frost the ice formed into a series of glass like patterns.

Hoar Frost at Priddy Mineries

Hoar Frost

With the weather forecast promising a cold morning and clear blue skies I booked a day off work in the hope of getting a taste of winter which so far had eluded us this year.  To increase...

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary (Boloria selene)

Mini Safari at Priddy Mineries

Priddy Mineries is a magical place.  Why do so few people get up at 6am on a Sunday morning to watch Scorpion Flies and spiders attacking Five-spot Burnet (Zygaena trifolii) moths, and see beautiful Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary...

Emerald Damselflies (Lestes sponsa)

Waldegrave Pond

One of my favourite spots close to my home is the Waldegrave Pond at Priddy Mineries high up in the Mendip Hills of Somerset.  In the summer it is the best spot around for...

Life’s too short

Five-spot Burnet moths adults mating alongside their cocoons and empty pupae cases – Priddy Mineries, Somerset, UK. ID JB4_5778. Life as an adult burnet moth is pretty short. As soon as the eggs are...