Tagged: Mendip Hills

Starling Murmuration - Wells, Somerset, UK. ID JB_2891

Starling Trail

I was recently driving passed Wells on the bypass near Morrisons when a large flock of starlings flew overhead.  They were on their way to the roost at RSPB Ham Walls. I have seen...

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...

Glastonbury Tor in the Mist - From Deerleap, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID JB_3476

December Mist

Judging from the hoar frost on Somerset’s Mendip Hills winter is on its way.  Sadly, I missed the best of the frost.  The ice crystals were already raining down from the trees.  So I...

Lynchcombe - Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID JB_5724H

Lynchcombe Steps

It has been a quiet time up on the Lynchcombe nature reserve in the Mendip Hills of Somerset.  We have a lot of showers recently.  The upside of which has been some wonderful rainbows....

Smitham Chimney - East Harptree Wood, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID JB_7138H

East Harptree Woods

East Harptree Wood This wood is a small woodland situated on the northern edge of the Mendip Hills in Somerset.  It is mainly conifers but in the wood’s centre there are some more interesting...

Pollinator Sanctuary - Somerset Art Weeks, Deerleap, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID JB_5124

Lynchcombe Steps

Before an update on the Lynchcombe nature reserve.  This autumn saw the return of Somerset Art Weeks with the theme of Sanctuary. Landing in the Deerleap picnic site was the Pollinator Sanctuary by lear artist...

Westbury Beacon - Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID JB_7523H

Westbury Beacon

Westbury Beacon This is a small patch of grassland on the southern edge of the Mendip Hills in Somerset.  That would be good enough to warrant a visit, but what makes it even better...

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...

Dark Green Fritillary (Speyeria aglaja) - Blackmoor, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID JB_3081

Dark Greens at Blackmoor

Blackmoor So I came to Blackmoor to find the dark green fritillaries.  I had never seen one and was beginning to think they were a fantasy butterfly that did not really exist.  But, as...