Saturday 9th July 2011
With what promised to be a dry and mostly warm and Sunny I headed for one part of the Somerset levels I love to visit.
Ham Wall and Shapwick Heath provide a rich and diverse mixture and wildlife and wildflowers a stunning wetland habitat.
It was still quite early in the morning, but the Butterflies were very active and it looked like it was going to be a good day for counting the different species.
I disturbed a Grey Heron which took off and circled overhead before noisely dropping into a nearby field, and sat hunched up looking pretty fed up at being disturbed...
With all the rain over recent weeks the wildflowers have really exploded into life since my last visitit, the Meadowsweet (photo below) has really brightened up the walk along Ham Wall.
While walking along the reed lined path I found this Moth (below) and managed to get a few shots without disturbing it. I understand this is 'Silver-ground Carpet' Moth.
Red Admiral Butterflies were everywere, along the walk today, really good to see so many after all the damp weather of late. There were also many Ringlets on the wing. Managed to get a close up of a resting Gatekeeper. (Click on image for larger image).
A pair of Jay's were making a racket flying between tree's in the wooded section of Shapwick Heath, managed to get to the Decoy Hide just in time as a heavy shower suddenly appeared. Good time for a lunch stop and just enjoyed the tranquil peace and quiet, just the sound of rain falling on the lagoon, something very theraputic listing to the sound of rain.
I caught this image of a Blue-tailed Damselfly just after the rain cleared, there were not too many Damselflies or Dragonflies seen today, I was expecting to see quite a few.
Spotted this Dandelion seed head, blowing in the strong breeze, not easy to take a good close up with the breeze blowing..
The final tally of Butterflies seen today was impressive:
Red Admiral's 48
Small Copper 2
Small Tortoiseshell 14
Small White's 12
Large White 6
Green Hairstreak 1
Speckled Wood 9
Silver-ground Carpet 1
Could not resit one last photograph of the Soldier Beetle's....then it was off into Glastonbury for a cool drink.