We spent last Sunday morning (13th) at the Wetlands, the sun was out, mostly and it got pretty hot. First off was a cuppa and a bacon butty from The Little Butty Bus (we may have also got large chunks of cake too before we left!).
It took us about 40 minutes to walk up Dryham Lane as lots of dragonflies were out and we got caught up taking photos! I've yet to confirm some of the ID's.
The wildflowers were glorious and buzzing with all sorts of bees. We spotted a moth by one of the hides which I think is a Common Swift Moth.
The whole time we were at the reserve we saw 5 butterflies - all different species but only 5 individual ones - Large Skipper, Speckled Wood, Small Copper, Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell. I've noticed a distinct lack of butterflies all year so far.
The reserve was full of birds, lots of noisy Black-headed Gulls, Avocets, Oystercatcher, Lapwing, a Common Tern, Sedge Warblers, Whitethroat to name a few.
Sedge Warbler with a damselfly
A Longhorn Moth (Nemophora degeerella) near the reserve entrance
We left before lunch it was far too warm to be walking for me - I handle the heat less well these days and it was very humid! It pays to get up and out early!