I might have just found my Utopia....
Nestled in the valley between Baildon and Shipley there is a green oasis.
Shadowed by one of three golf courses were planning of houses doesn't touch, I have been shown a place for wild life.
Rolling hills of wild flowers to ponds filled with fish, old oak woods, streams and rivers.
You dive to it not far from my house about fifteen minuet along buzzy roads past the industrial estates and rows of houses.
When you park up there is no hint of what's to come but the impressive tree line houses has a grand feel to it. Along a path, through a gate and it opens up into a world of green what takes your breath away.
Can you tell I was rather impressed.
The path walks you down through banking brimming with wild flowers, patches of bog plants are speckled through the fields and the sky is filled with bird song and not traffic.
I first visited on Wednesday night to have a look and we did not see another soul, then me and the Old Man had a look to day. The cold grey sky's did not dampen my joy and the wind died down the further down towards the lake you went.
On Wednesday night I spotted a new flower for me
There are two Swans on the water with a few Mallards with young and the odd Coot. Chiffchaff's, singing away in the trees.
Along one of the gullies were water from one of the stream flows, I spotted this White Robin or Ragged-Robin (Silene flos-cuculi) , the white form is sold as a cultivar.
Its the most beautiful white and a lovely plant that would sit well in my garden.
There is a patch of land which is covered in Pineapple flower and Mayweed giving a different environment for the insects.
I'm waiting for ID but I think this a Common Field Grasshopper
I was still having trouble taking it all in
the abundance of plants and habitats .
I sat and watched the Swallow feed her young.
I managed to find a few insect,even though the day was cool, if it had been warm and the Butterflies were out I might have combusted.....!
|Green Dock Beetle|
I could visit day in day out and find new things to photograph, there were paths leading of all over,
I'll leaving them for another day, "what will I discover !!"
|Water Forget-me-not |
There were large patches of Common Bird's-foot Trefoil, great food for Butterflies , just need the sunshine.
The only Flutter seen to day was the Chimney Sweeper Butterflies, which there was quite a few.
A small, sooty black moth with white fringes on wing tips. Often found near pignut and found on chalk grassland, old hay meadows, streamsides and other grasslands.
This distinctive moth has sometimes been mistaken for the Small Blue butterfly. It rarely varies in colour but may become browner with wear. This moth is usually very active by day, especially in sunshine.
|Chimney Sweeper |
(Odezia atrata )
I will leave you with a photo of Old Man looking out over the land,
needless to say I will be back here again soon.