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Thurlbear

Back in July during one of the few sunny days of the summer I visted Somerset Wildlife Trusts reserve at Thurlbear Wood near Taunton with a work experience student to undertake some botanical surveys. The reserve is a wonderful mix of oak/ash woodland and wildflower rich glades.

Although a bit of a distant memory Mid-Summer is a great time of year at the reserves with many flowers such as scabious in their full glory and plenty of burnet moths and marbled whites on the wing.

Here are a few photos of some of the flowers and insects as a pleasant reminder that the summer wasn’t all rain as the weather cools and we head into the autumn.

September 12, 2012   No Comments

Street Heath

A quick update with a couple of pictures of a four-spotted chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata) taken between showers near Street Heath on the Somerset Levels. With the overcast conditions and frequent rain the light was not brilliant but as they are the first dragonflies I have managed to photograph this year I thought I would share them anyway.

 

August 22, 2012   No Comments

Summer on Mendip

With some raher nice weather at the weekend I took the opportunity to go and have a look around Blackmoor andUbley Warren to see what I could see. Just around the car park at Balckmoor there was a fantastic dispaly of wildflowers that I didn’t quite make it to bley Warren.

Here are some of my favorite photographs. I particularly like the Kidney Vetch (Anthyllis vulneraria) as it is the first time I have got a decent (ish) photo of this species.

 

July 26, 2011   No Comments

Ticks on the prowl

Not sure if this will be everyones cup of tea but I found this crawling across my hand last week whilst out taking photos.

Not sure what species of tick it is so will go with Ixodes sp.

May 19, 2011   No Comments

Butterflies on Cheddar Bank

Here are a few more from the other day. The sun was shining up on Mendip and brought with it some new species of butterfly (for me at least) notably the Dingy Skipper (Erynnis tages) and Grizzled Skipper (Pyrgus malvae) the photos of which I would have to class as ‘record shots’.

The other photos are of common blue butterflies at the same location

May 16, 2011   No Comments