Could not resist another dandelion picture – its the year of the dandelion!
Lynchcombe sits on the steep south facing slopes of the Mendip Hills above Westbury-sub-Mendip. I’m the volunteer warden for this Somerset Wildlife Trust nature reserve. It is a beautiful place.
The word combe is often translated as a valley with steep wooded sides. This is Lynchcombe’s combe – this time full of sheep.
The lynch’s are the ancient steps cut into hillside to improve the farming.
At the top of the reserve is a clump of, sometimes controversial, sycamore trees. However, being a local landmark they are probably safe.
In spring leaves appear on the remaining ash trees and blossom covers the blackthorn.
There are still a few secret bluebells scattered across the reserve.
Hidden in woods are a few early purple orchids.
Dead nettles provide a splash of cover to the grasslands.
If you are lucky you may catch a glimpse of roe deer peering around a corner.
Looking closer and the reserve is full of little creatures. Mint beetle do their thing inside a buttercup.
Despite the poor spring weather this has been a great year for wall brown butterflies.
Not so good for speckled wood butterflies which have disappeared this spring.
Strange things have appeared such as this violet oil beetle.
The trust continues to work hard improving the reserve.