I’m still catching up with posts after a long break with a broken computer and trips away from home.
Lynchcombe Nature Reserve
I was back up the Mendip Hills to check on the Lynchcombe nature reserve. Early in the summer and most of the action seemed to be amongst last years dead bracken.
Bracken encroachment is an endless management problem on the reserve. But today I saw at the dead bracken seems to protect many of the small flowers from grazing.
The first early-purple orchids have appeared in the woodland slopes of the combe.
A few bluebells line the edge of the combe next to the new wire fence.
Speckled wood butterflies attempted to warm up close to the ground.
Volunteers and staff continue to do wonderful work around the reserve.