May Bank Holiday.

My God; it`s sunny and warm!

The three days of the holiday provided many opportunities to see bluebells and other flowers as well as the early butterflies (although numbers seem down yet again this year).

The most successful visit was undoubtedly The Napp and Papermill; this being a reserve owned by the Worc`s Wildlife Trust. The bluebells were stunning and some butterflies made a good show as well.

Hoverfly on Bluebell.
Bluebells in the woods.
Wood Sorrel.

Orange-tip Butterfly.

A Grey Wagtail was busy making his nest by the weir as well -
A visit to Brockhampton Hall (NT) in somewhat (more typical) dull weather provided a surprise view of a Short-tailed Vole in daylight. A closer look at the poor creature reveals a nasty case of severe parasitism however....
The resident Pied Wagtail decided to pose for me as well...
Pied Wagtail.
 A brief visit to Middleton Lakes (RSPB) provided some nice shots of mating Green-veined whites.
Green-veined White Butterflies.

The lakes themselves are being worked on still - they will be a key addition to the RSPB`s efforts to reverse the decline of Redshank and Lapwings in the future. For now however, it seems gulls are all that will put up with the inevitable disburance.

Black-headed Gulls.
And finally - a rare tree! Yoxhall Woods may be advertising their (rather limited) show of bluebells but for me the ELM TREE was the best bit...
Elm tree!
Elm tree.

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