Now the schools have broken up for the summer heat wave is coming to an end. But it was still a beautiful, cooler, day up in the Mendip Hills at Lynchcombe.
At the top of Lynchcombe there is lots of exposed limestone. Over the years I have looked at everyone of those outcrops looking for the Wall butterfly. I had seen several across other Mendip reserves such as Draycott Sleights but never (ever) on Lynchcombe.
With great excitement, this all changed today. I was alerted to a couple of brown butterflies at the top of Lynchcombe. They looked like walls, but I was not sure so I chased them over the dry-stone walls into Cooks Fields and then into Deerleap. At the stone style they settled and I managed to get a confirmation picture.
I guess they were just passing through but they all count.
Lynchcombe is on the steep south facing edge of Mendip. The character lower down is very different to that at the top. The limestone outcrops gradually give way to more neutral farmland.
Down here common blue butterflies are out and about again.
While the silver-washes were coming to an end.
Lynchcombe is getting new neighbours. What a fantastic place to build your house!