The reserve spans both sides of the valley here with the River Torridge flowing through the middle of it. The reserve really is 'in the middle of nowhere'.
Culm grassland - Marsh Fritillary habitat.
Where are those Marsh Fritillaries?
This one was so preoccupied with nectaring on this Marsh Thistle, that it let me take some real close up shots.
It was covered in pollen.
There was lots of this in the culm grassland too...
Ragged Robin - Silene flos-cuculi
Lousewort - Pedicularis sylvatica
Yellow Rattle - Rhinanathus minor
The best bird sighting was this lovely Tree Pipit.
I've been out and about locally when able and here are a few of my highlights...
The beautiful but highly poisonous Monkshood - Aconitum napellus.
This is the first time I've spotted it in the wild. It was on a roadside verge so is obviously a garden escape as it is only native in a very few places in damp woods by water.
Exuvia of Four-spotted Chaser -Libellula quadrimaculata ...
This Four-spotted Chaser.
In pristine pre-flight condition.
Wood Ants - Formica rufa
Round-leaved Sundew - Drosera rotundifolia
Common Lizard - Zootoca vivipara
I've added a couple of unexpected birds to my new house list. Firstly during the wet and windy weather on Sunday evening, whilst sitting on my settee looking out of the window I spotted an unfamiliar bird flying into a small hawthorn tree. I picked up my bins for a closer look and was surprised to see a Spotted Flycatcher.
It was quite a long way away but it's recognisable.
Even more unexpected, on Wednesday afternoon I was getting changed ready for work when I clearly heard a Bee-eater! It got louder and louder and was clearly overhead. I couldn't see it out of the window and by the time I'd got some clothes on and got outside it was gone. I tried to text out news but my phone died and I had to give up as I was going to be late for work. As I hadn't seen it, it was impossible to tell which way it went.
Talking of my phone dying, I haven't been able to get it going again and the battery has now swollen up! I've ordered a new battery but will have no phone until it arrives. Hope I don't miss anything!
Finally, whilst on my regular morning walk on Salcombe Hill a couple of weeks ago I bumped into this gorgeous creature in the woods, closest I've ever been to one.