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22nd May 2018 – Rodborough Common, Gloucestershire

The National Trust’s website page of Rodborough Common butterfly walk says that “the steep grassland slopes of Rodborough Common offer superb butterflying, walking and views over the Severn Estuary … look out for more than 30 varieties of butterfly, including rare species like the Duke of Burgundy and Adonis blue, that come here each summer to feed and breed on an amazing variety of wildflowers.”

Well we managed to see “an amazing variety of wildflowers”  but only saw one species of butterfly (large white) and rather a lot of sky larks. Perhaps the warm, breezy conditions did not suit the butterflies.

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The views here and at Minchinhampton Common (where I played golf the following day and saw many Adonis blue butterflies) are truly amazing.

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DSCF1350Early purple orchid

DSCF1331Polygala

DSCF1341Green alkanet

DSCF1322Common Vetch

DSCF1320Germander speedwell

DSCF1313Cowslip

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DSCF1338Red clover

DSCF1347Meadow buttercups and cow parsley

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DSCF1321Common hawthorn still at its best

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The Scots Pines were very abundant on the slopes adjacent to the Common

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Common rock-rose

DSCF1479Skylarks everywhere

 

Click below for gallery of photos from this morning’s stroll on Rodborough Common:

 

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