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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

Spring has sprung

Green-Winged Orchid

What with babies, house moves, new(ish) jobs and rather too much miserable weather I haven’t had as much time as I would like for either getting out to take photos or update my blog.

With the sun begining to think about shining and the counties wildflowers showing their heads it is time to share some of this years photos. Hopefully with brighter weather ahead there will be plenty more to follow soon.

 

May 16, 2012   No Comments

Autumnal Fungi

With the sun thinking about shining and the baby fed I decided it would be rude not to see what was hanging around at the tail end of this autumns fungi. I headed up to Goblin Combe to make the most of the afternoon.

Toadstool on Log

Whilst toodling through the woods with my Daughter I bumped into Justin Smith (http://www.bristolfungi.org.uk/) a local mycologist who helped to identify some of the photos. Given the time of year there were not as many fungi as I would have hoped so I have included in the photos some lichen and moss.

Even without knowing much about fungal taxonomy or identification I hope these photos show what a beautiful group this is,


 

November 20, 2011   No Comments

Devil’s-bit Scabious

Been very busy recently and haven’t had much time for photography but made ot out at the weekend to catch the last of the summer wildflowers and the first of the autumnal fungi.

Devil's-bit scabious

Devil’sbit scabious flowers late in the year and as such provides an important nectar source for a wide range of invertebrates. The flowers this weekend at Ubley Warren were busy with bees and hoverflies.

Devil’s-bit Scabious is a good indicator of unimproved grassland and is important as the food plant for Marsh Fritillary caterpillars (this one was from June this year from elsewhere in the county).

Marsh Fritillary

September 15, 2011   No Comments

Wildflowers at the seaside

Went to Clevedon for a walk on the weekend. Found some Rock Samphire and Sea Plantain (although I’m happy to be corrected on the ID’s as I don’t do much botanising on the coast).

Rock Samphire

I always think it is amazing how these little plants manage to survive growing in cracks in the rocky outcrops being constantly battered by the salty sea air.

At least they have a nice view across the Severn Estuary for their troubles.

August 15, 2011   No Comments

One from earlier in the year

Back at the end of May this year, just as spring was turning into summer I was visiting a Local Wildlife Site to give the new owners some advice on managing their meadow.

One species I have never seen before was Greater Butterfly Orchid (Platanthera chlorantha). This rather spectaclur orchid is found in woodlands and more open habitats and has a preference for calcareous soils. Greater Butterfly Orchid is listed on the Somerset Rare Plants register (status – not scarce).

The light was great as it was getting later on when I finished and so I took the opportunity to take a few photos which I have finally got round to going through.

 

July 27, 2011   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

Fragrant Orchids

Having done a bit of plant twitching lately to track down Moonwort (Botrychium lunaria) but more on that later.

I was lucky enough for someone to show me a stand of Fragrant Orchids that were looking at there best.

June 14, 2011   No Comments

Purple Gromwell

This spectaclar little flower is a new one for me this year. The species is relatively uncommon and likes ancient woodland on calcareous soil like those found on parts of Mendip.

The colour of the flower is fantastic and it is regularly frequented by a wide range of invertebrate species.

May 15, 2011   No Comments

Cowslip

May 4, 2011   No Comments