Salthill Quarry Local Nature Reserve.

To ease my England V Sweden viewing angst, I thought I would write this post at the same time. Ha! I am a very nervy audience…

This morning I had a wander round one of my local town’s two Nature Reserves. Salthill Quarry has appeared on my blog a couple times, but as I haven’t visited for over twelve months, I thought I would drop by for a nosy. The Quarry is a designated SSSI because of its geological formations…but I was there for the flowers…and the butterflies. 🙂

The 7.00 hectare Nature Reserve has grassland and woodland habitats. I was certainly glad of a little shade. The sun beat down as I looked for betony, orchids and scabious. Some of the land was dry and parched. Still no sign of approaching rain here in the North West.

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Roses on the way to the reserve.
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And a Painted Lady on Buddleia.
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Into the Woods.
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A Swallow-Tailed Moth ~ I think..
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Speckled Wood.
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Feeling parched.
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Hmmm Spray painter, if your going to do this , at least do a neat job! This is the Crinoid Seat that looks across to Pendle Hill.
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Lady’s Bedstraw.
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Orchids.
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Almost hidden ~ a blue damselfly.
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Marjoram.
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Scabious.
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Under the Umbels.
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Brown Ringlet.
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Harebell.
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Green Damselfly , maybe?
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Six-spotted Burnett Moth.

Feeling slightly calmer now. …

Thanks for accompanying me on a wander round Salthill Quarry Local Nature Reserve.

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34 thoughts on “Salthill Quarry Local Nature Reserve.”

  1. Oh my word!!!! What beautiful photos of flowers and insects. You must have the patience of a saint Shazza. As soon as I approach for a photo of insects in particular, they are usually off like a shot. Thanks so much, as it is something I’m quite interested in and we certainly don’t seem to have the butterfly population now, that we had when I was a child. Take care.

  2. Your photos are stunning, Shazza! Especially love the painted lady! It all turned out rather well, didn’t it? I think Gareth Southgate might have taken a nature walk too.

  3. What a beautiful pre match walk! I love your photo looking up through the umbels. I am a very nervous England watcher, my nerves will be in shreds on semi-finals day 😳. Gone are the days when I would’ve been swept up in the euphoria of the success so far, I just can’t enjoy it… I must be getting old!

  4. Such lovely photos of those butterflies and moth! I’d love to get better at identifying wild flowers. Do you have a book you use, or have you just learned their names as you go along? x

    1. Thank you! I have a couple of books I use. A collins gem guide to wildflowers plus an older guide from the seventies and even old ladybird books of the seasons. My Mum taught me lots of flower names too when I was a child. I always find new ones that I have never seen before, every year. 🙂 x

  5. Looks like a lovely place and in a similar state to our hillsides here, think the rain’s waiting for the school holidays to begin! Shame on the spray painters! I hope they catch them and make them clean it off- horrible job!

  6. Your graffiti “artist” really needs to be more careful, I think! I know that graffiti can sometimes be very artistic, but other times it really pisses me off. We had a lovely mural painted on a blank wall on the motorway. It cheered up the wall and looked great. Then gradually graffitti idiots spray painted their “tags” over it, so now it just looks a horrid mess. A little more respect wouldn’t go amiss.
    Your photos of the area are lovely.

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