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18th July 2022 – Snuff Mills, Bristol

With very high temperatures forecast for today (36 degrees C) we took advantage of the shade this morning to walk along the River Frome in a park on the outskirts of Bristol which is known as Snuff Mills. The walk takes you past an old water mill – the park’s name originates from one of the millers whose nickname was ‘Snuffy Jack’ because his smock was always covered in snuff.

The gardens at Snuff Mills with the old water mill in the background

We were hoping to see kingfishers but all we saw were grey wagtails and robins.

Grey wagtail

Robin

However, instead of the electric blue of the kingfisher we did see some Beautiful Demoiselles which are also a striking blue in colour.

Beautiful Demoiselle

Beautiful Demoiselle

Beautiful Demoiselle

There were other butterflies too; mainly Large Whites and Green-veined Whites and one which I had not photographed before, a White-letter Hairstreak. I managed to photograph it into the sun but as soon as I tried from the other side it disappeared in a flash.

White-letter Hairstreak butterfly

Green-veined White

Large White

I did see a copper coloured butterfly but couldn’t focus on it quickly enough to get a shot. I was hoping it was the Silver-washed fritillary that we saw a few days ago at Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire.

The National Arboretum at Westonbirt is a beautiful place to visit. It attracts hoards of people in the autumn but when we visited last week there were very few people indeed. It would probably be true to say there were more butterflies than people.

Slideshow of visit to Westonbirt

Slideshow of today’s photos

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