Wednesday, 13 May 2015
Mendips - Butterflies, Bluebells and Orchids - 11/5/15
Another breezy but sunny days walk on the Mendips. Starting at Charterhouse and through the small wood to Ubley Warren. Plenty of Willow Warblers singing and the small wood was full of bird song but no sign of the Spotted Flycatcher.
As we walked across Ubley Warren we scrutinised every gorse bush in hope of finding a Green Hairstreak, in fact no butterflies were seen I guess it was just too windy. Ubley was however covered in Early Purple Orchids in selected areas - a nice surprise!
Onwards to Velvet Bottom and both a Peacock and Orange Tip were seen on some bluebells. The Spring scene through Velvet Bottom is wonderful at the moment. Just before going into Long wood we reached a sunny glade and bank. It was in this area we saw Peacock, Green Veined White, Dingy Skipper, Orange Tip, Common Blue and Green Hairstreak butterflies all in the space of 15 minutes! A magical butterfly glade and at last we got to see a Green Hairstreak!
Into Long Wood and you just can't help being overwhelmed by the sheer beauty of the bluebells and Ramsons carpeting the woodland floor. Here and there Campion, Orchids and Yellow Archangel added more colour to the carpet. Truly stunning!
A superb walk with nature at its best!
Willow Warbler - it's song a true reminder of summer!
Unknown caterpillar on wild Forget Me Not
Early Purple Orchids at Ubley Warren
Speckled Yellow moth
Peacock on Orchid
Common Blue - first of the year
Blue carpet - Long Wood
As long as my path leads through nature my heart and soul are happy!