Friday 4th June 2010, Penny Hill Bank & Grimley

This morning my Bev and I popped to the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust's Penny Hill Bank nature reserve. This is a tiny reserve of grassland/wildflower meadow on a limestone hillside. It is fantastically species rich for such a small area (0.9 hectares)...During our visit we saw Common Spotted, Greater Butterfly and Pyramidal Orchids. As you can imagine, it was great for insects and we saw a number of butterflies including Green Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Dingy Skipper & Common Blue. A Slow Worm was also seen.

Afterwards we popped to Grimley New Workings and saw a Little Ringed Plover with 4 chicks at the north end. 2 Redshank (1 sitting) were also observed. On the main pool islands were 6 Common Tern and an Oystercatcher with a juvenile. Young Coots, Moorhens, Mallards and Canada Geese were also present. Along the causeway were good numbers of Black-tailed Skimmer dragonflies, with the males starting to develop the blue colouration to their abdomens. Also seen was a Silver Y moth.

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