Sulham and Pangbourne AreaWalks in my local area just west of Reading. Autumn 2009
August 2012 Fungi 2012
Heat and sun have built up again after a somewhat damper spell. I decided on a gentle jaunt from home, just a few miles across the woods and fields to Pangbourne. The omens were good as the first thing I saw was a pair of young deer bounding into a field, quite close to houses. A few hundred yards along, near a very large Wild Service Tree I spotted something I had given up seeing this year, one of my favourite butterflies a Silver-washed Fritillary (Argynnis paphia).
Walking down through the woods to Pincents Lane I was glad to see that wild honey bees were busy around their natural hive - a hole is an ash tree. They had been spotted here two years ago.
A nice bright flower to see in August is fleabane (Pulicaria dysenterica). In general the wetter and cooler weather this summer has made all the plants grow and flower well. In the woods I saw garlic mustard in flower again.
Along Pincents Lane there are a good many different wild flowers. For a change I managed to get this bumble bee in focus, feeding one a Scabious (Knautia arvensis) flower.
The macro lens on the camera came in handy when taking these seeds on some kind of umbelifer. They look like they might be beetles rather than seeds.
Then I spotted a new plant to me (although no doubt I have passed it many times as just 'toadflax') it is Pale toadflax (Linaria repens), a very attractive flower with that purple veining.
Another marvel for the close up are the developing buds of Burdock (Arctium lappa) the mesh looks a bit like those pierced Chinese ivory balls. You can see the 'sticky' burs beginning to develop.
Here is a view back across the ripe fields to the village of Sulham in the distance.
A repeat from my last posting, another Nettle-leaved Bell flower (Campanula trachelium).
I then walked through the nature reserve at Moor Copse. Not a great deal to see from the path, except for this delightful small flower which I think is Corn mint (Mentha arvensis).
Coming out of the woods and along the banks of the River Pang I came across a hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) that was six foot tall and full of flowers and insects.
The meadows along the Pang had some good specimens of ragwort.
Last but by no means least, was a small tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae) I saw just on the path across the meadows.