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

Bird's-foot Trefoil

Small Copper

Natures fruits - before being eaten!

Comma on Thistle

Wall butterfly on Hemp-agrimony. It's not often you see this butterfly on a plant

Clouded Yellow

Southern Hawker 

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