Tagged: Grassland

Bluebells and Early Purple Orchids - Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_5356

Lynchcombe Steps

Lynchcombe nature reserve enjoys the sunny south facing edge of the Mendip Hills in Somerset.  Today it was so sunny the sheep kept out of the heat under a tree.  Perhaps we have reached...

Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB_7464

Lynchcombe Steps

I have been out of the country for a few weeks and have come back to rubbish weather and lots and lots of blackberries. Blackberries cover every bramble bush on the Lynchcombe nature reserve...

Swollen-thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis) - Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID JB_0367

Lynchcombe Steps

It has been a very busy summer, and I have not been able to spend as much time up on the Lynchcombe nature reserve as I would like.  The reserve is owned by the...

Dove's-foot cranesbill (Geranium molle) - Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID JB_1558

Lynchcombe Steps

It was time to spend some quality time on the Lynchcombe nature reserve on the edge of the Mendip Hills.  As a volunteer warden I was checking on the condition of the reserve for...

Lynchcombe Sycamores - Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID JB_9737HP

Sycamore Tree Sun

To some the idea of loving sycamores in the UK is treason.  They have only been in the country for 500 years after being introduced by people.  But with ash trees being removed everywhere...

Sunrise at Pen Hill - Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID JB_4041H

Pen Hill

Pen Hill is the Mendip Hills red light district.  The mast is nearly 300m tall and sits on the top of a 300m hill in Somerset.  It is surrounded by rough grazing and dry-stone...

Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus) - Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID JB_7311

Lynchcombe Steps

Late summer brings a different atmosphere to the Mendip Hills and the Lynchcombe nature reserve owned by the Somerset Wildlife Trust. Sheep graze the neighbouring nature reserve of Cooks Fields that overlook the sycamore...

Chalkhill Blue (Polyommatus coridon) - Draycott Sleights, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_0123

Chalk Hills of Draycott

It has been very windy recently which has made it difficult to photograph butterflies.  Especially those that like resting on wobbly grass.  So I headed for a relatively sheltered part of Draycott Sleights to...

Early summer morning at Blackmoor - Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID JB_3311H

Blackmoor

Blackmoor Blackmoor is part of the prehistoric lead mining area of the Mendip Hills in Somerset.  Like neighbouring Ubley Warren it is covered in gruffy ground – a landscape of hollows, lumps and dumps formed...

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary (Boloria selene) - Ubley Warren, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID JB_9894

Pearls of Ubley Warren

For a long time I have been a volunteer warden on the Mendip Hills of Somerset.  On one of the Somerset Wildlife Trusts’ interpretation boards is a photo of a dark green fritillary butterfly....