Images from my recent Woodland Walk.
Just a snapshot of what can be observed at the moment.
The Red Tail. I have observed quite a few of these this year. Last year I don't remember seeing one.
A Speckled Wood basking in the sunlight that is shining through the trees.
Common Fleabane and Wild Mint
Another Brown Argus.
Wild apple trees grow in several locations around the woodland
The place below normally provides for plenty of butterfly activity, although not quite so much this year.
The female Silver-washed Fritillary below is not looking at her best anymore.....
.....neither is the male.
The old hay rake still resides on the heathland
There are still plenty of Meadow Brown Butterflies around......
....and Small Skippers.
I was very pleased to find a number of Painted Lady butterflies in several different areas of the more open areas of the woodland. A good increase on last years odd one.
Sloe fruit are plenty as always.
A good number of Small Tortoiseshell can be found in the area. I still search for that elusive Scarce Tortoiseshell which is similar with the noticeable absence of the brown around the central body area.
Hazel Nuts. Plenty around, but everywhere I observe the trees there is evidence of Squirrel activity with many empty shells on the ground.
Common Darter pair ovipositing
There are plenty of Haw berries already.
Common Darter in silhouette
Large Skipper (female and male below)
This heathland area provides a good source of butterflies.