Lynchcombe Nature Reserve
During spring the volunteering activities organised by the Somerset Wildlife Trust closed down as the country tackled the pandemic. Then in May things started to very slowly return to normal. Now we were allowed outside for more than just shopping and exercise. Lynchcombe is just up the hill from my home and it became the perfect location to get away from the problems of the world. Hardly anyone visits the nature reserve so perfect for social distancing.
I took the opportunity of these quiet times to try and learn how to identify some flies and beetles. That was quite a task, and I did not get very far. Hoverflies quickly became my favourites.
There are so many flies, and I was bitten by most of the them.
Beetles are more of a challenge. There is simply too many different species.
Thousands of different types of click beetles alone.
Swollen-thighed beetles were everywhere on Lynchcombe. Each buttercup and dog rose seemed to have its own resident.
The beetles seemed happy to make friends with the skippers. Let’s face it, skippers are pretty friendly butterflies.
The speckled woods were about in the combe as normal.
At the top of the reserve small heaths settled in the long grass before doing the leaning over thing.
This mother shipton moth seemed content to the suck up the salts from a patch of dung.
This was also a good year for the first batch of common blues.
The sloe berries started to appear very early.
The insects provide the details, but the big picture comes when you look up and enjoy panoramic views.
The classic image of Glastonbury Tor in the Somerset countryside.