Tagged: Woodland

Autumn in Stockhill Wood - Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID 823_5380

Stockhill Wood

Autumn colour can be short lived.  Often the golden leaves are blown away by the first storm.  Tomorrow storm Ophelia, the biggest storm for decades to reach the British Isles will pass just to the west of Somerset....

Hawthorn Colours - Great Breach Wood, Somerset, UK. ID 823_4586

Great Breach Wood

Today I visited the Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Great Breach Wood on the Polden Hills in the middle of Somerset.  I wanted to check on the progress of autumn.  How were those colours? Hawthorn Colour...

Small Copper (Lycaeena phlaeas) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 823_9599

Lynchcombe Steps

Having a wild thyme on Lynchcombe even when the coppers arrived. Sorry, but today on the steep slopes of the combe in Lynchcombe there were some beautiful and unexpected small coppers (Lycaeena phlaeas) feeding on...

Comma (Polygonia c-album) - Great Breach Wood, Somerset, UK. ID 822_9274

Rediscovery Trail

Back on the Discovery Trail through the Great Breach Wood in the heart of Somerset. Silver-Washed Fritillaries At this time of year you cannot miss the large silver-washed fritillary butterflies gliding through the rides...

Silver-washed Fritillary (Argynnis paphia) - Great Breach Wood, Somerset, UK. ID 822_8831

Silver Washed Fritillaries

After seeing silver-washed fritillary butterflies on Lynchcombe during my butterfly transect I had to make the short trip to the Great Breach Wood where I hope to see many many more. The Somerset Wildlife...

Spring in Longwood - Somerset, UK. ID 821_0461

Spring in Longwood

Today I made a return visit to Longwood.  On my previous visit the sun was very bright creating lots of harsh contrast.  Today I had hoped for some softer light – things did not go entirely to plan. Poor...

Bluebells - Longwood, Somerset, UK. ID 821_9861

Longwood Bluebells

Longwood is the spring jewel of the Mendip Hills in Somerset.  The wood is bursting with colour as bluebells carpet the woodland floor.  Amongst the flowers are butterflies such as this brimstone searching out pools of...

Wild Garlic - Milton Wood, Somerset, UK. ID JBA_8649

Another Round of Wild Garlic

Even from the outside you can see that something special is happening in Round Wood between Wells and Wookey Hole in Somerset. For many years I walked this wood each lunch time for a break...

Kings Wood - Somerset, UK. ID kingswood

Kings Wood

Kings Wood is covered in Wild Garlic that covers the woodland like a carpet of snow. Wild Garlic Wild Garlic (Allium ursinum) creates a white seas that flows around the curves of the woodland, hugs and...

Swell Wood - Somerest, UK, ID 810_8233

Swell Wood

A second visit to RSPB Swell Wood, not to visit the brilliant herons, but instead I wanted to see the spring flowers on the Scarp Trail.  This walk is a sea of bluebells and yellow...