|Horsefly habitat © Richard Smith|
We convened in Culverley car park, near Beaulieu, on a cooler day compared to recent extremes.
Setting off down a bank we paused a while on a little bridge over a quiet stream, admiring the flashes of fluttering colour from the Holly Blue, Gatekeeper and Beautiful Demoiselle damselflies.
|Holly Blue © Sue Skarstein|
|Blackcap - immature © Chris Robinson|
Passing through open areas we saw Mistle Thrush and, circumventing cattle sheltering in an oasis of shade, made our way into Tantany Wood, finding Redstart, Long-tailed Tit, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Wren and several sightings again of Spotted Flycatchers.
|Woodland Grasshopper © Andy Skarstein|
|Silver-studded Blue - female © Chris Robinson|
We found Dwarf Gorse and Coral Necklace and Round-leaved Sundew where once it would have been wetter, a couple of Common and Silver-studded Blue butterflies and a Dark Giant Horsefly.
|Dwarf Gorse with Ling © Chris Robinson|
|Coral Necklace © Richard Smith|
|Dark Giant Horsefly © Andy Skarstein|