Walking through woodland in the last few days in search of anything 'Nature' proved one thing.
It is mostly about butterflies at the moment and there is quite a variety to be found.
Below are the species I photographed on that walk.
The Red Admiral
An immigrant species that continue to arrive from May through to August.
A species I have already featured - the Silver-washed Fritillary.
I found this one crawling over a heap of sandstone that had been piled for use on the Reserve.
What is this species doing on the ground on stone.?
Using its proboscis to probe the surface of the stone it is searching for minerals which are part of its diet.
A pair of Large Skipper mating
Meadow Brown are around in some numbers now through until the end of September.
Already they are looking a bit worse for wear.
A resident species that can be found most of the year.
Male Small Skipper Butterfly
Female Broad-bodied Chaser
Large Red Damselfly
This was a bit of a surprise below.
A second brood female Green-veined White Butterfly.
Plentiful numbers of Small Tortoiseshell are to be found.......
.....as are Silver-washed Fritillary.
Five spot Burnet Moth.
A Tree Fungi of some kind. I couldn't begin to tell you what kind, but it was growing about 4 metres up a tree trunk and had grown around a small branch.
A Miner Bee of some kind - maybe.
Something not so easy to find at the moment, small birds such as this rather rough looking Whitethroat that was collecting food for its brood.