The amazing compound eyes of a Common Darter at Higher Hyde Heath. Must be very strange being able to see in every direction all at the same time.
Common Darter enjoying a few rays of sunshine.
Sand Lizard (female). Although Higher Hyde Heath has a thriving population of reptiles its unusual to spot a Sand Lizard during the early autumn. Normally far easier to see during late Spring/early Summer breeding season. Superb lizards that are relatively approachable if you move slowly and avoid casting a direct shadow over them.
A favourite sun bathing spot.
Hiding in the clay pantiles
A young Common Lizard. In the right habitat its surprising how often they can be found on old branches, bark etc. lying on the ground.
Small Copper Butterfly feeding on nectar amongst the heather.
Red Admiral most likely to be one of this summer’s migrants from southern Europe.