A quick survey

After the pond tidy group had departed I wandered a through the lower meadow for a few minutes.

The Meadow

section of South Meadow

 The sky was clouded and only a briefly a few rays of sun broke through. Neither was is it very warm with a cool wind sweeping across the meadow.

Unsurprisingly then very few butterflies were active. I managed to spot half a dozen Meadow Brown, even smaller numbers of Small Skippers and a single  Marbled White.

In the grasses and herbaceous plants  there seemed to be frequent occurrences of the larval stage of the day-flying Burnet Moth.

Burnet Moth Larvae
As I left the reserve via the car park and down the hill of the Mill Road  I noted that Pyramidal orchids are colonising the verge there.

pyramidal orchid on the road verge

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