I havent been up to Collard recently as I have been looking after some of the other sites we manage. The woolly thistles are just starting to come out into flower so there’s Marbled whites everywhere; it’s looking great. With the ragwort there are lots of burnet moths, in fact, we don’t have lots, there are loads of them – they really are a pretty moth.
unfortunately, I am guessing down to the heat, I didn’t see any large blue butterflies today – in direct sunlight, the thermometer was reading 48’c!
Both me and Steve headed for the big oak tree to get shade and still under there, the thermometer was reading 30’c.
I would suggest that if you plan to visit Collard over the next few days, an early morning visit might be better; when temperatures are lower – you may have a chance of seeing a blue then.
I did notice how noisy the hill actually was (in a good way) today. The place was chirring with the sound of crickets and grasshoppers.
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Hayley – Ranger for the Mendip and Polden Hills