Monday, 6 June 2016

30 Days Wild | Day 4 - Rowley Hills wander

Today I went on a guided walk jointly arranged by the Friends of Rowley Hills (who I am closely involved with) and Sandnats (who I would probably be involved with if I had more time/wasn't about to move to Malvern!). The day was cloudy, still and humid, but to begin with we didn't see many butterflies. However as the afternoon wore on, the temperature rose and the butterflies started to become more active. Small Heath was the species we saw the most of, and we also saw a few Common Blue, a Large Skipper, a Large White and a few Green-veined Whites. There were also a few day-flying moths about - loads of Burnet Companions and a few Latticed Heaths, and lots of Burnet (Five/Six-spot) caterpillars and chrysalises. Along with the large range of wildflowers and grasses on display, it all made for a most enjoyable walk!

Soft Brome (Bromus hordeaceus).
Goatsbeard (Tragopogon pratensis).
Bird's-foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus).
Common Cat's-ear (Hypochaeris radicata).
Mouse-ear Hawkweed (Hieracium pilosella).
Silver Hairgrass (Aira caryophyllea).

Yellow-rattle (Rhinanthus minor).

Tall Mouse-ear Hawkweed (Hieracium praealtum).

Lesser Trefoil (Trifolium dubium).

Burnet Companion (Euclidia glyphica).

Hard Rush (Juncus inflexus).
Red Fescue (Festuca rubra).
Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus).

Caterpillar of a Five- or Six-spot Burnet Moth.
Spheroidal weathering of dolerite (HDR).

Spheroidal weathering of dolerite (HDR).
Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus).
Great Lettuce (Lactuca virosa).
The Rowley Hills (HDR).

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