Another Reptile Ramble

I was lucky enough to go on my second ever reptile ramble this morning, at Parc Slip nature reserve. Some of the pictures are a bit blurry, sorry. It was impossible to see whether they were in focus at the time, due to the strong sunlight (nothing to do with my woeful photography skills – cough, cough)…

My toad – except it’s not

Very excited to find this lovely amphibian in my pond yesterday morning. Now, its skin felt bumpy to me. Here’s another pic: And here’s another: So I thought this beauty was a toad, but, oh no, it’s a female common frog. Now, I don’t know what it is about me, but every time I spot any…

Summer butterflies

What a summer it’s been. After years of seeing nothing but the occasional Speckled Wood, this year, the butterflies really came back. My love of nature was inspired by my father, who would take us on long walks, pointing out Bird’s foot trefoil or Field scabious, as well as various butterflies and insects. Before long, I’d go for…

Reptile Ramble

Had a fantastic morning at Parc Slip nature reserve yesterday. Actually found it this time, thanks to my fabby friend driving instead of me. The weather was ideal – dry, warm, with hazy sunshine. No need for coats, but a definite need for wellies. Despite the sun, the ground was boggy – perfect habitat for Devil’s bit Scabious, water…