Monday, 12 August 2013
Beacon Batch, Charterhouse and Cheddar Gorge
A brilliant 11 mile hike up hill and down dale over the Mendips. A long trek left us a bit foot sore and weary at the end but another fantastic day for butterflies a total of 18 different species seen in the prolonged sunny spells. Highlights were spotting several Silver Washed Fritillaries a few Brimstones and seeing at least 30 Peacock butterflies on one Buddleja bush. The scenery as always outstanding from the heather on Blackdown to the summer grasses and flowers everywhere. It's amazing when you are looking at the flora and fauna around you don't realise just how far you have walked! The feet tell a different story though!......
Velvet Bottom - areas looking very much like African savanna the tall grasses could easily hide a lion!
Silver Washed Fritillary
Black Bee - unsure of the type but plenty on the top of the Gorge