There were some young warblers (not sure if Chiffchaff or Willow) on the hedges. I heard a male Chiffchaff sing nearby.
By the time I got to the reserve the sky was starting to clear up and it was quite warm. Hundreds of butterflies were present, with some bramble bushes and a couple of patches of creeping thistle teeming with Marble Whites, Ringlets and Meadow Browns. Elsewhere in the reserve there were active Large Skippers, Small Heath and Common Blue and I saw a single Small Tortoiseshell and Red Admiral too, taking it to eight species of butterfly present. There were also several day-flying moths, Cinnabar, Six spot burnet, silver Y and a Bordered Sallow (thanks to Chris @VerwoodGarden for ID).
At some point a Red Partridge started to call, that, the butterflies, the calling grasshoppers and the vivid memory of the the Little Owl sighting made me feel like I was in Spain.
Marbled White on Pyramidal orchid
Willow or chiffchaff young?
Common Spotted Orchid
Male Large Skipper
Rabbits and wild pansies
Yellowhammer, one of two males singing in the reserve
Marbled White and 6 spot burnet
6 spot burnet
Bordered Sallow moth, Pyrrhia umbra, also feeding on bramble
Robin's Pin Cushion
Mating large skippers
Pisaura mirabilis, Nursery web spider with nursery
Male Common Green Grasshopper
Meadow Brown feeding on Selfheal
A bit battered Male Common Blue
Small Heath feeding on Eyebright. This was the first time I saw this species of butterfly. It rests with wings closed and leans to one side to face the sun, some times almost resting on one side.
Marbled White and Meadow Brown on Creeping thistle
Silver Y feeding on Meadow CranesbillMore information
YWT site. Here.
NBG site with information on the flora and fauna of the reserve. Here.
Hull Valley Wildlife group site. Here.
- Blue Tit
- Carrion Crow
- Great Tit
- Grey Partridge
- Little Owl
- Long-tailed Tit
- Red-legged Partridge