|Bee with orange pollen sac|
In August 2013, on parts of this walk, I was impressed by the numbers and species of butterflies that we recorded. Being 3 weeks later I was not sure what to expect. The part of the walk that had attracted most butterflies was where there were brambles in flower. This year, the brambles had produced blackberries and I was concerned we were too late. However, my fears were unfounded, as the abundant flowers of Willow Herb Epilobium sp. and Common Fleabane Pulicaria dysenterica were proving just as attractive.
It was interesting to note the bees busily gathering Fleabane pollen. Their pollen sacs were not the usual bright yellow, but showing a very strong orange.
This year we missed the Comma and Large White, but added Clouded Yellow, Small Heath and Ringlet,
Further on around the walk in the farmland area I saw further proof that summer was drawing to a close. Hay had been gathered in and flocks of Carrion Crow, Woodpigeons and Linnets were gleaning the stubble.