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Chasing Butterflies at Salthill Quarry Nature Reserve.

My sister, niece and nephew have never seen six-spotted burnet moths before, so as I have spied them flying around my local nature reserve, we decided to take a trip to Salthill Quarry this morning. The weather here in the North West is hot and muggy, ideal it seems for butterfly spotting. Here is a small selection of what I managed to photograph, including the elusive and gloriously colourful Burnet Moths.

Brown Ringlet Butterfly.
Caterpillars ~ Are they Cinnabar or Six – Spotted Burnet Moths?
A bee like Hover fly.
Six-Spotted Burnet Moth.
Six-spotted Burnet Moth.
Common Grasshopper.
Meadow Brown Butterfly.
Female Common Blue Butterfly.
Male Common Blue Butterfly.
Small Skippers on Knapweed.

Whilst we were here we decided to use 15 minutes to take part in this year’s Big Butterfly Count. The idea is to note down what butterflies & moths you might see in your garden, local park, field or nature reserve and submit your findings online. It’s a nice way to spend a few minutes of your time and helpful to UK Butterfly conservation too. Here is what we saw.

Brown Ringlet – 4

Large White – 1

Small White – 2

Small Tortoiseshell ~ 1

Common Blue ~ 1

Six Spotted Burnet Moth ~ 4

Small Skipper ~ 6

There were other moths & butterflies too, some that we didn’t manage to photograph and from memory are finding hard to identify. Chasing Butterflies is a warm business, we decamped to a cafe for cooling icecream after. 😁

Will you be taking part in The Big Butterfly Count?

Enjoying Nature Along The River Wharfe, Yorkshire Dales.

My niece and nephew broke up for Summer last week so Hugo and I joined them and my sister for a wander along the River Wharfe. Our plan was to walk from Burnsall to Grassington , a pleasant riverside ramble. However we stopped so many times to admire butterflies, identify insects, look under stones for crayfish and watch waterbirds, that we didn’t make much headway on the timescale we had. Another time perhaps! However we had lots of fun along the way. I come from a nature loving family. 🙂

My 8 year old neice Imogen says that we all have our own talents at identifying things. She is good at insects, Roman knows his reptiles & snakes ( we didn’t see any! ), Auntie Shaz ( me) can name most flowers ( though I might need my blogging friends to help with a couple ) and my sister’s speciality subject is dog breeds. Ok then!

Here are a few photos from our Wharfedale wander.

A lesser spotted Hugo at Hebden Suspension Bridge and Stepping stones.
Betony.
Small Skipper on Yarrow.
White duck.
Hugo helping Imogen I D flowers.
Caterpillar of Peacock Butterfly.
Harebells.
Monkey Flower.
Goosander.
Harebells, Betony and Hawkweed.
Flowers galore.
Any ideas?
Common spotted orchid.
Not sure. I’ve had a look online and came up with Sand Garlic?
Common Grasshopper.
Rest – Harrow.
Would you cross the wibbly wobbly bridge or the stepping stones?
Nature Spotters.

Thanks to my sister for some of the photos. 🙂

30 days Wild ~ Days 6 to 10. Dandelion clocks and Wilderness.

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Day6 ~ Barefoot in the grass. On the way to Slaidburn in the car to visit a friend , we parked up on ‘ Waddington Fell’ for lunch.It was the ideal place, I thought, to kick off my shoes and wriggle my toes in the grass.Aside from some funny looks from some passers by and it being very breezy up there, I quite enjoyed it.:)

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Day7~ Hill Walk. Today we took our black lab Hugo for a good walk up ‘Pendle Hill’. The breezy conditions meant we saw people flying kites, model aeroplanes and paragliding. Wildlife was out in force too.Spied two kestrels, many a tuneful sky lark and hundreds of white cotton bud grasses blowing in the wind.

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Day8 ~ Dandelion Folklore. If it takes only one blow to scatter all the seeds of a fluffy dandelion seed head, your true love will love you forever. Hmmm it took me about eight! I could maybe have used it as a clock instead. The number of puffs to disperse the seeds is meant to tell you what time it is. It was 1pm. The fluffy seed heads are also said to be accurate barometers. If the seed heads remain open the sun will shine all day. 🙂

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Day9 ~ Coffee alfresco.
Today was a sad day as it was my Uncle Tommys funeral.It was also a happy day as the family got together to celebrate his life.Uncle Tommy had a wild life! Up until recently he went out into the countryside on his bicycle every day.For his 90th birthday he rode a zipwire at Go Ape! Today I travelled and remenised so there wasn’t much time for nature. I did manage to drink an alfresco brew in my Mum’s garden mind you.Does that count….

Day10 ~ A patch of wilderness. Theres a tiny piece of overgrown wasteland behind an old disused outbuilding, that I pass most days when I’m out with the dog. Today I thought I would take a closer look.
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The usual suspects grew over the walls, Herb robert and Grandma’s bonnet. Nettles seemed to thrive there unfortunately. Yes you’ve guessed it, I got stung. Luckily where there are nettles, there are usually dock leaves. 🙂
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Thanks for buzzing by. 🙂