Thursday, 20 April 2017
The Herepath, Blackdown Hills Somerset 19th April
One of our favourite walks the 13 mile Herepath that takes in hills, woodland, fields and downland around the Blackdown Hills near Taunton. Bluebells, Stitchwort and other Spring flowers accompanied us along the walk. Early purple Orchids seen here and there and the bird song was almost deafening!
Yellowhammers were seen in their usual hedgerow area, very pleased to see that they are still present. Plenty of Swallows and House Martins in the blue sky. A brief glimpse of a lovely male Redstart along a field edge whilst we were looking for Holly Blue butterflies. 10 butterfly species seen today mostly feeding on dandelions. Very good numbers of Orange Tips the most I have seen in ages.
We had a lovely but quick view of a Stoat as it chased a Rabbit over some rocks, wow they're fast!
A superb and stunning walk with nature in a fantastic array of different environments. Can't wait to walk it again!
The view across the levels at the start of the walk
Orchids and Bluebells