Monday, 29 July 2013

Brean Down - High Summer

We spent an amazing morning on Brean Down - all grasses looking very brown now a combination of the heat wave and life cycle giving the down land an extreme dried out look.  Plenty of harebells, ragwort and brambles around all looking very colourful in their 'straw' background..
Saw a group of warblers in a hawthorn plus ravens and a striking stonechat.  Despite us getting caught and soaked in a thunderstorm when the sun did shine we saw a total of 14 species of butterfly the highlight for us being the Chalk Hill Blue.  It is the first time we have seen this butterfly and wow! What a stunner.

View from Brean Down across to Weston Super Mare
Small Skipper

Six Spot Burnet Moth - hundreds on Brean


Stormy Skies

Chalk Hill Blue

Chalk Hill Blue


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