On the walk back, last Monday, we found a baby lizard, on the new path across the old tip. The temperature had dropped significantly overnight and it was probably trying to warm up. Difficult to identify at this age.
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.
This morning, at the bottom end of the long pond we came across an excavation of a bee’s nest by some badgers. All the honey had gone and there were quite a few number of dead bees scattered around the hole but also a few still trying to recover the nest from the damage. ( Think this type of Bumble Bee is Bombus Lucorum, distinguished by the white tail).
At the moment there is a fantastic display of Sea Holly, when it first starts to flower the colours are outstanding.