I've been out quite a bit lately on my days off but just haven't had the time to post anything on here, I shouldn't keep allowing it to build up as it results in massive posts that take me ages. Oh well, here goes. Last Sunday I visited two sites over the border in Somerset looking for new plants and in particular rare 'arable weeds'. Firstly I visited Fivehead Arable Fields a Somerset Wildlife Trust reserve and later in the day Lytes Cary Manor run by the National Trust. I didn't see everything I'd hoped to but did manage to see several of my target species plus lots of other less rare species.
Fivehead Arable Fields
Shepherd's Needle - Scandix pecten-veneris
Broad-leaved Spurge - Euphorbia platyphyllos
Dwarf Spurge - Euphorbia exigua
Spreading Hedge Parsley - Torilis arvensis
Slender Tare - Vicia parviflora
Round-leaved Fluellen - Kickxia spuria
Narrow-fruited Cornsalad - Valerianella dentata
Field Madder -Sherardia arvensis
Meadow Vetchling - Lathyrus pratensis
Wild Basil - Satureja vulgaris
Cultivated Flax - Linum usitatissimum
This was growing in one of the fields on the Lytes Cary estate where all the arable fields have broad headlands. I was a bit late in the season though and I didn't see many arable weeds, the very dry conditions didn't help either.
Grass Vetchling - Lathyrus nissolia
Arrowhead - Sagittaria sagittifolia on the River Cary.
On Monday I when to Portland to look for Chalkhill Blues, there were quite a lot on the wing, with 'on the wing' being the appropriate phrase because they didn't stop that often. It's never easy trying to get photos of butterflies in very hot and sunny conditions and even when they did pitch it was usually with wings closed.
Chalkhill Blue - Polyommatus coridon
Courtship Action Shot
Female Broad-bodied Chaser - Libellula depressa
A few bits from the garden.
Common Blue - Polyommatus icarus
Banded General Soldier Fly - Stratiomys potamida
A Token Bird.
A smashing Wood Sandpiper on Black Hole Marsh first thing this morning, one of two in the valley, the other being on Colyford scrape. Hopefully one will come near enough for a better photo before the end of the autumn.