Burnets galore and plenty of heat.

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.

If you visit and have some photos you would like to share with us then please send them to collard.hill@gmail.com

Hayley – Ranger for the Mendip and Polden Hills

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