21 July 2016 Standing Hat and Pignal

Nineteen members led by Adrian set forth in good sunny conditions on what was primarily a butterfly walk. It soon became clear that Small Skipper, Ringlet and Gatekeeper (right) were going to dominate our list but there were also Large Skippers to be found on the grassy edges of the track. One of the Gatekeepers was an aberrant pale form.

Keeled Skimmer
Detouring from this a shady ride gradually gave way to more open land with little patches of heather and clumps of bramble, still in flower.  A small colony of Marbled White was admired and also one or two Common Blue.

Disappointingly only three Silver-washed Fritillaries were seen and even more disappointingly no White Admirals.  However, 12 species of butterfly were achieved in the morning along with Six-spot Burnett and Silver Y moths (above).  Few birds, but a Treecreeper using a bat box as a nest site was entertaining. 

Keeled Skimmer dragonfly was noted and, among other wildflowers, Lesser Water-plantain and Lesser Spearwort (below)

Lesser Water-plantain and Lesser Spearwort