We were lucky enough to see lots of Chalkhill Blue butterflies and even saw a couple pairing.
|Pairing Chalkhill Blues - The male is bright silvery blue and the |
female is dark brown
There were lots of other butterflies around. We saw three large Fritillaries (probably Silver Washed), but they hurtled past without stopping, so I didn't get any photos. We also saw one Brimstone (the first one I've seen since the Spring), lots of Small Skippers, Gatekeepers, Meadow Browns, Marbled Whites and several Tortoiseshells.
There was a massive variety of wild flowers there, including Teasels, Gentian and Knapweed. There were also a few Pyramidal Orchids still flowering.
|Teasels starting to flower|
|The Pyramidal Orchids are still flowering|
In the woods we saw an enormous black slug, with a big hole in the side of it. Apparently this is the pneumostome, which they use to breath (just had to look that up!)