A couple of weeks ago, an evening out in the countryside near us, reminded me of just how rich our grasslands can be.
|A marbled white butterfly in the long grass|
This year seems to have been the best one that I can remember for flowers, perhaps because the dry spring reduced the vigour of the grasses.
Its quite hard to show the beauty of that I found in this quiet valley, but the photos are an attempt at recording it. There were bird's-foot trefoil, small scabious, bedstraw, self-heal, red and white clovers, oxeye daisy, etc. plus a number of different grasses. With the butterflies floating around in the warm evening air, it was quite idyllic.
This bee orchid was the best one around and was in the first group that I have seen this year.
There was also a good number of pyramidal orchids, including this large one being swamped by a bindweed.