The nature reserve is approaching autumn very quickly – the bracken has died back and the leaves are already changing.
Speckled wood butterflies just keep going. They are pretty much the first to appear in the spring and the last to disappear in the autumn.
It is not uncommon to find the butterflies resting on a sheltered stone wall facing the autumn sun. The stone absorbs the sun’s rays and so keep a little bit warner than their surroundings.
There are plenty of blackberries on which to feed.
Surprisingly, there are lots of small coppers around the reserve. They like to keep low to the ground.
Small heath and meadow brown butterflies share the wild marjoram.
Ladybirds rummage around the dead leaves.
This may not be a health notice but this snail is making sure it reads all about keeping your distance.