Sheep and Butterflies
It’s July, the sun is out and Lynchcombe is covered in sheep and butterflies. Also, horse flies and ticks so take care!
Most of the sheep were under the trees taking cover from the heat of the sun in the shade.
Not every sheep has friends nearby, social distancing is clearly important.
In the middle of the reserve is a single buddleia bush that is a magnet for the large butterflies.
The thistles so do their bit for the butterflies. They are a favourite for ringlets, meadow browns and small skippers.
Marbled whites like it down in the tall dry grass. Despite being black and white they are hard to spot – they fly up into the air around your feet as you walk by.
The silver-washed fritillary is increasing in numbers across the reserve. In today’s heat it has hard to get photographs. They like it high up in the trees and quickly fly away.
You have to take at least one picture of the Somerset Levels and Glastonbury Tor in the midday sun.