Sunday, 27 May 2012

Billy Wood - Townclose Hills Nature Reserve

We visited Townclose Hills Local Nature Reserve (AKA Billy Wood) at the weekend, a grassland and woodland reserve on magnesian limestone, its the site with reported sightings of Marbled White last year There was little butterfly action during our visit, although we did catch brief glimpses of Orange Tip and Holly Blue on the wing. The highlight was hearing and spotting Yellowhammer (4) in the trees near the top of the hill, our attention grabbed by the unmistakeable call of 'a little bit of bread and no cheese'.

More information about the reserve via Friends of Billy Wood.


  1. The plantains and buttercups look pretty.

    Lovely to see and hear a yellowhammer - one of my favourites.

  2. Lovely photos - really like the first one. Looks a great reserve. Not too many butterflies around here at the moment. I've only ever seen Marbled White on the Isle of Wight but I think they are found in Warwickshire - I must go the wrong sites :)

  3. Hello Rob, thank you, yes I love to hear the yellowhammer call too.

    Thanks pops

    Hello Caroline, thank you, yes its always lovely to find a new reserve. Will have to have a return trip around the time of their emergence.

    Best wishes, Linda


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