Saturday 22 June 2019


Pyramidal Orchid - Berrow - no luck with Red-belted Clearwing at this site today, but a good day out with Dave and Martin looking for moths.

Orchid sp.

Forester or possibly Cistus Forester - Stock Hill, nr Priddy - one of c12+ seen - an absolutely sensational moth and a lifer for all of us. I think size-wise this is likely to be Forester but I'm not confident enough to be 100% certain.

Chimney Sweeper - Stock Hill - one of c10+ seen. Two or three Tree Pipits on territory at this site too.

Stock Hill near Priddy in the Mendips, Somerset. Burnet Companion, Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Small Heath, Large Skipper and Common Blue also seen at this site.

On Thyme.

Orchid sp.

The view from Collard Hill, near Street on a quick stop-off to see Large Blue...

Large Blue - Collard Hill - will need to go back for open wing shots... Two or three individuals seen.

Bee Orchids - Topsham - had a quick look at these before picking up Dave and Martin.


  1. Looks like you had a very nice day Matt. I had a nice surprise last evening looking out the caravan window when a Osprey flew by with a fish undercarriage heading towards Barnstaple. See you soon

  2. Hi Derek - that's very late or very early for an Osprey! Yep - Somerset was fantastic. It's amazing how you can travel a relatively short distance and see such different wildlife. Couldn't get over the numbers of orchids everywhere we went yesterday. Will have to learn them one day. The Foresters were well worth seeing - just stunning in flight. All the best and hope to see you soon. Matt