For August, the visit was spread over two days; a few hours on Saturday afternoon and a similar time on Sunday morning.
The most obvious habitat feature in the woodland rides was the amount of Common Knapweed, Centaurea nigra. This plant is an excellent source of nectar and pollen for a myriad of invertebrates, its bright pink/purple flowers, reminiscent of a thistle head, being a magnet for butterflies, bees and hover flies.
The butterflies were fairly queueing up...
|Small White, Artogeia rapae
|Brimstone, Gonepteryx rhamni
|A battered-looking Silver-washed Fritillary, Argynnis paphia
Our Lass spotted a very late White Admiral, Limenitis camilla, which was foraging for the few remaining Blackberry blossoms that hadn't already turned to fruit.
From the western side of the wood, it was possible to look across the river valley to the centre of town. The numerous roads and housing estates lost amongst the trees and through the foreshortening of the photograph.
|Theatre on the left, cinema and ski slope on the right
Occasionally, a few of their number would roost for a while in the surrounding vegetation, but the heat of the day meant that they were very flighty and difficult to approach.
|Migrant Hawker, Aeshna mixta, female