As I don’t seem to be finding time to write a new post but have managed to take a few pics over the past few weeks, here is a quick summary of Cotswold wildlife during the month of May in pictoral form!

Duke on Rudge Hill Common
Duke of Burgundy on Rudge Hill Common
Duke probably male on Rudge Hill
Duke probably male on Rudge Hill
Duke on Rudge Hill Common
Duke on Rudge Hill Common
Early purple orchid with cowslips in background
Early purple orchid with cowslips in background

These are all photos of wildlife I saw during my butterfly transect a couple of weeks ago.  Dukes seem to be having a good year with plenty of nice lush cowslips benefiting from the mix of sunshine and showers we are having at the moment.  Below is a picture of a froghopper imaginatively named the ‘red and black froghopper’ that I also took on the same day.

Red and black froghopper on cowslip
Red and black froghopper on cowslip

 

Ramsons
Ramsons in Ruscombe woods
Cows enjoying the view over Stroud, taken during my morning walk with the dog
Cows enjoying the view over Stroud, taken during my morning walk with the dog
Female adder possibly Taj last photographed as a juvenile in 2013
Female adder possibly Taj last photographed as a juvenile in 2013

The picture above is of a female adder with whom I shared a lovely moment last week.  I went out to try to get some pics for the photo ID project and wasn’t having much luck until I saw a very snake-like tail disappearing into some dry leaf litter.  I could hear the snake continuing to move around in the leaves so I decided to sit down quietly and see if it reappeared.  Sure enough a few minutes later a head popped up a couple of feet away from my boot and surveyed me curiously with plenty of tongue-flicking to try and work out whether I presented a threat.  She clearly decided I wasn’t because she then came out into the open and curled up next to me on the bank to bask in the spring sunshine.  Whilst on the one hand I was absolutely delighted to be sharing such a magical moment with a wild adder clearly so relaxed in my presence, on the other it presented me with a rather uncomfortable dilemma.  How long was I going to have to sit there for before I could move without disturbing the adder?  While I deliberated on this I managed to sneak a quick photo which, having looked at since, I think is of a young female called Taj who was first photographed in 2013 as a juvenile.  Luckily my dilemma was solved after about 10 minutes when a rabbit bustling about in a nearby bramble patch sent Taj swiftly back under cover.  I didn’t see any more adders that morning but I had a big smile on my face for the rest of the day!

Tag having a break from all the transect walking
Tag having a break among the cowslips during our butterfly transect

 

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Kate Gamez

I live in the beautiful Cotswold countryside near Stroud in Gloucestershire with my partner Tim and our 2 dogs. I work as reserve manager for part of the Cotswold Commons and Beechwoods National Nature Reserve and this gives me a fantastic opportunity to indulge my passion and fascination for the natural world every day.

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