Tuesday, 19 August 2014

A Short Woodland Walk

Another of my woodland walks.
There is still plenty to see of the season, but there are signs that as with everything being some six weeks early this year, things are appearing now that one would not expect just yet.

Blackberries are well in advance.

Gatekeeper Butterfly numbers, like some other species, have from what I perceive recovered well this year.

Many wild flowers have been a lovely show this year due to warm and wet weather. 

The season decline for some butterflies appear to me to be early.
The Silver-washed Fritillary Butterfly being an example in case. All of that species I see now are looking somewhat worse for wear.

A lovely show of Knapweed.

This Gatekeeper male although ragged in appearance was still flying strong and feeding.

A green tunnel, one of the places I am fairly certain to see Silver-washed Fritillary and Speckled Wood Butterflies during the season.

Green-veined White Butterfly. 
This female below has quite dark green lines for the time of year, they are normally more pale by this time.

I have shown this patch before in the blog. It produces much to see through the Spring, Summer and Autumn. Wild Orchids amongst the variety of flowers. A good number of butterfly and dragonfly species. However, in Winter it turns into a bog and not easily walked over.


  1. A nice series of photos which capture the feel of the season wonderfully well, albeit a little earlier than usual.

  2. Ja dit zijn de heerlijke wandelingen het is ook zo mooi nu buiten.

  3. A very nice nature blog with anything and everything. Beautiful butterflies, nature ebn I also see overblown teasels:-) You also parts of nature I find very beautiful to see.

  4. Love, love, love going on woodland walks with you!! Thanks for the invite and all the beautiful picturs.

  5. enjoyed this walk while the weather was good for it Roy. Interesting to see from afar, and so colourful. I'd still like to see how it winters, if you can make it there...

    1. Thanks Carole, I will give it a try.

  6. I think the butterflies that hatched early in the season will decline earlier than others born at a later stage. They don't all hatch at the same time, like dragonflies...
    I didn't see many butterflies this summer, I usually I keep photos of oldies for a special publication, but this year it might not happen!

    1. The end of August/beginning of September is the end of flight time for the Gatekeeper and S.W. Fritillary here Noushka.


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