Saturday, 3 July 2010

Staveley

The Yorkshire Wildlife Reserve at Staveley was a nice surprise as I didn't realise the scale of the reserve, it comprises a lagoon, woodland, grassland and shallow ponds, and covers approximately 40 hectares. The 2 hides overlooking the water were locked at the time of visiting but it didn't hamper our enjoyment of the area.

We spotted 8 Meadow Brown, I was confused about the identity of this first one until it revealed the front underwing.



A Small Tortoiseshell landed to feed on Red Clover and gave great views of both its upper and underwing. Other butterflies included 10 Ringlets, 6 Small Skippers, 6 Speckled Wood.


Its a good time for wildflowers in bloom, including one of my favourites, this Field Scabious Knautia arvensis.




At one of the ponds I watched three Damselflies ovipositing in a relatively small area within close proximity to each other. Unfortunately the pics didn't come out too well but I did manage to salvage this shot which shows two close together.

3 comments:

  1. I love seeing your photos of Butterflies for some reason I have seen so few this year!
    Pam

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  2. Thanks Pam that's really nice of you, maybe the next few weekends will send some butterfly sightings your way. Linda

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  3. I hope so, my Buddleia should entice a few when that flowers!
    Pam

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