Lynchcombe Steps

Lynchcombe - Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_5205

Lynchcombe – Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_5205

Catching up with Lynchcombe on the sunny edge of the Mendip Hills.  A beautiful spot with views that could compete with anywhere.  March is the month in which life seems to return to the nature reserve after the cold of winter.

The winter has not be cold, but it has been wet – very wet.  From the reserve you can look across the flooded fields of the Somerset Levels.

Changing Guard 

The old king?  Buzzards regularly circle over Lynchcombe.

Buzzard - Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID JB_3671

Buzzard – Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID JB_3671

The new guard?  We are seeing more and more red kites over Mendip.  I once saw four kites together, so they are definitely here in numbers.  I’m not sure what the buzzards make of it all.

Red Kite over Lynchcombe - Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID JB_3542

Red Kite over Lynchcombe – Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID JB_3542

Fuzz Balls

Who cannot fall in love with these small fuzz balls.  On first glance bee-flies look more like bumblebees rather than flies.

Dark-edged Bee-fly (Bombylius major) - Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID JB_3699

Dark-edged Bee-fly (Bombylius major) – Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID JB_3699

Spring Flowers

At this time of year the lesser celandines depend on bees and hover flies.  In return they provide early spring nectar for the insects.

Marmalade fly on Lesser Celandine - Lynchcombe, Mendip Hill, Somerset, UK. ID JB_3590

Marmalade fly on Lesser Celandine – Lynchcombe, Mendip Hill, Somerset, UK. ID JB_3590

Later in the summer the blackthorn trees will be covered in sloe berries.

Blackthorn in blossom - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB_3560

Blackthorn in blossom – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB_3560

For now they are covered in beautiful blossom.

Blackthorn in blossom - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB_3569

Blackthorn in blossom – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB_3569

The ancient woodland species Dog’s Mercury grows under the trees of the combe.

Dogs Mercury - Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID JB_3614

Dogs Mercury – Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID JB_3614

Patches of primrose can be found on the eastern combe.

Primrose - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_4678

Primrose – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_4678

And finally…

Spring’s favourite woodland flower – the wood anemone – at Lynchcombe.  They do take a bit of hunting down, but can be found along the edge of the combe along the fence line.

Wood Anemone - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_4689

Wood Anemone – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_4689

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