17th August

This is a bit late – went on 17th August. First visit in a very long time and a really fine day. Quite a lot of butterflies: mostly gatekeepers but also 3 small coppers and, along the dunes and shingle edge, quite a few common blues and graylings. The heathers were at their best, also the sea lavender on the salt marsh. Two late swifts flew over and plenty of swallows still about. Over the car pool a brown hawker and an emperor dragonfly were chasing each other. Several common darters and a few blue damsels around too. Was surprised by the amount of yellow bartsia plants by the second small pool. Lovely to be back.