Tagged: SWT

Lynchcombe - Somerset, UK. ID IG_6653

Lynchcombe Update

Over the years I have seen lots of dragonflies on Lynchcombe. This week was prime dragonfly season on this Somerset Wildlife Trust reserve. Sheep But as you climb over the stile into the reserve...

Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) - Draycott Sleights, Somerset, UK. ID 825_5491

Chalkhill Blues

Draycott Sleights is a Somerset Wildlife Trust nature reserve on the warm south facing slopes of the Mendip Hills. Chalkhill Blues Enter the reserve through the main gate on the left up a very...

Nursery Web Spider (Pisaura mirabilis) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 825_3912

Lynchcombe Update

The grassland of the Lynchcombe nature reserve on the Mendip Hills is looking cooked. The sides of the central combe (valley) are brown but the sheltered trees are still looking good.  I like this...

White lipped Snail (Cepaea hortensis) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 825_5108

Why do snails climb grass?

Lynchcombe is looking great in the hot summer weather.  Most of the bracken is still green, but the grass is very brown.  Lots of snails have climbed high up the grass.  Why? Why do...

Humming bird Hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 825_4246

Peacocks and Humming Birds

Sorry, no birds just butterflies and moths. Lynchcombe At the moment the Lynchcombe nature reserve on the Mendip Hills of Somerset is like a butterfly farm.  They certainly seem to be enjoying the hot...

Golden Bracken - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 825_3273

Lynchcombe Update

Some Like It Hot The heat wave goes on and on.  I really like it.  But the grass that was very very long early in the year is now very very long and brown.  Still...

Silver-washed Fritillary (Argynnis paphia) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 825_4692

Lynchcombe Update

Before 2013 I had not seen any silver-washed fritillaries on Lynchcombe.  This year I have recorded 10 already. Silver-washed Fritillary In 2013 and 2014 I counted 1 silver-washed fritillary.  Then came two poor years...

View from a picnic bench - Deerleap, Somerest, UK. ID DSC_3260

Lynchcombe Update

Time to catch-up on Lynchcombe for June. Hot Summer I often see foxes on Lynchcombe, but during this June I saw them on every visit.  It was so hot that they could not be...

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

Lynchcombe Update

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...

Mendip Pond - Nr Middledown, Somerset, UK. ID 825_7391

Middledown

Middledown The Somerset Wildlife Trust nature reserve of Middledown high in the Mendip Hills has become a recent favourite of mine.  So I returned to see how the reserve was recovering from the recent...