Thursday, 26 May 2016
Sand Bay and Point is an an area close to where we live and is a beautiful coastal walk. We spent a wonderful few hours on the 'Butterfly Path' area of the point and we were not disappointed.
The whole point is covered in wildflowers from Daisies to Trefoil and is a beautiful representation on natures 'Chelsea'. Plenty of butterflies around including Common Blue and Brown argus. A couple of moths were also seen the Silver Y and Cream Spot Tiger.
Along with the wild flowers we found the first flowering Bee Orchids one of our goals for our walk.
A stunning coastal walk surrounded by a rich tapestry of wild flowers with the added bonus of a warm and sunny blue sky day.
Thunder thighs - Oil Beetle
Wednesday, 25 May 2016
A sunny blue sky trek took us from Burrington on the Mendips to Charterhouse, Velvet Bottom, Long Wood and back across the fields to Beacon Batch. A mixture of woodland, Heath and field with a good variety of flora and fauna. The woodland areas are now full of Ramsons where the Bluebells have gone over. However there are still good areas of Bluebells in the open field areas their smell intoxicating! The wooded Ramson areas were stunning creating snow like avenues where we walked. Early Purple Orchids are now starting to fade but we still managed to find some good copies here and there.
The surprise of the day had to be seeing a Red Kite as we were walking in Velvet Bottom. We watched the Kite for some time as it flew overhead and then landed in a field and onto a post to devour its meal. Never expected that!
A stunning 7 mile hike that saw 15 species of birds including Skylarks, Redstart, Buzzard, Treecreeper and Linnets and 12 species of butterflies including Peacock, Red Admiral, Lge White, Green V White, Dingy Skipper, Grizzled Skipper, Common Blue, Sml Heath, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak and Orange Tip.
Eating its meal of possible rabbit
An early start on the Somerset Levels and a walk along the David Walker path & Sweet Track to Decoy hide at Shapwick. This walk takes in a beautiful woodland area full of grasses and ferns leading on to a lovely damp meadow with Southern Marsh Orchids, Iris and Ragged Robin.
A few species of Dragonfly were on the wing and also perched on leaves etc, brilliant to have some great sightings of the Scarce Chaser. From Decoy hide we had views of Great Crested Grebes, Marsh Harrier, Cuckoo, Coot and a Mute Swan with just one cygnet. A pleasant surprise to see a fledgling Tawny Owl on top of one of the Owl boxes. This is a wonderful walk with plenty of flora & fauna to be seen in an almost Jurassic feel woodland however it is worth noting that the area is rife with mosquitos and the meadow has ticks!
From Shapwick we drove onto Ivythorn Hill an area nearby of undisturbed grassland. Here we found the first appearance of Common Spotted Orchids, Greater Butterfly plenty of Twayblade.
Good to see that the Owl box is being used