Monday, 2 September 2013
Last days of Summer..........
The last day of August and the sun is still shining across the Mendip Hills. An uplifting 9 mile trek with the heather and gorse still looking vibrant and there is still Scabious, Harebells, White Campion and Knapweed to be seen here and there. The hemp-agrimony is still attracting plenty of butterflies, in fact every wild flower seems to be a magnet for them.
We saw a total of 12 species of butterfly Comma, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Large White, Small White, Small Copper, Small Tortoiseshell, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Common Blue, Wall and a Brimstone. Really did not expect to see so many butterflies still on the wing!
Not many birds of note but we had great views of a Kestrel, Ravens and flocks of Goldfinches.
It's hard to believe that tomorrow is the 1st of September ...... though the morning and evening chill is a reminder that Autumn is on the way!
White Campion - great amounts of this lovely plant in the Charterhouse area of the Hills.
Harebells - lovely blue amongst the grasses
Natures fruits - before being eaten!
Comma on Thistle
Wall butterfly on Hemp-agrimony. It's not often you see this butterfly on a plant