• Bethany Pearson

Lightwood Reservoir Transect 10.06.15

Updated: Jul 22, 2018

(Adapted from my original Tumblr post on the same date)

Another few hours up Lightwood Reservoir with zoologist Harry as our guide! Was a eventful and informative afternoon and evening! I even managed to spot a common lizard, but naturally it was far quicker than I!

The goal was to identify and record the abundance of different butterfly species, but I was focusing also on the wildflowers and plants in the area too (my BSBI botanical pyramid level is still around 2, and I'm aiming to be confident enough to take a Field Skills exam next year.)

Above: Common Blue Butterfly (Polyommatus icarus)

Still, we managed to spot this beauty! Common Blue butterflies are definitely my favourite native species I think.

Above: Northern Marsh Orchid (Dactylorhiza purpurella)

The marsh orchids were also out! The presence of Orchids in Lightwood Reservoir is pretty amazing. However, bee orchids were present last year, but due to a ‘plant-a-tree’ scheme set up by local schools, the natural meadow of the area has been encroached on my young trees. The bee orchid has not appeared as of yet this year. It’s another sad example of well-intentioned but extremely misguided actions to create wooded area, where it is not needed.

Above: Cow Parsley ( Anthriscus sylvestris)

It's a common one...but at least I can identify it! Really similar to giant Hogweed, which is also in the area.

Above: Common Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna)

I'll finish this post with some lovely flowering Hawthorn! I think my ID'ing skills are getting a little better, but honestly, sometimes it feels like I'll never get there!

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