Fermyn Woods and Titchmarsh Nature Reserve
Fermyn Woods in Northamptonshire is a diverse site with grassland, ponds and woodland. It is known for its variety of butterflies and I was not disappointed, though I will have to return to find those that I missed.
Below are some of the wildlife images taken during my visit.
The Small White can be found over most of the country. It is not popular with the gardener as it is a pest of the Brassica crops, but not nearly as much as the Large White.
Titchmarsh Nature Reserve
As Titchmarsh Nature Reserve was on the road home it made sense to stop and take a look.
Titchmarsh is a wetland site (former gravel pits) with a variety of birds, butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies and a heronry. The Nene Way footpath proved a good place for damselflies and dragonflies.
The Common Blue is a widespread and common butterfly in the British Isles. It has very eye-catching wing markings. Although it is classed as common its numbers have dropped due to intense farming and the destruction of its food plants.