Dorset Heath

Male Sand Lizard at Higher Hyde Heath
Male Sand Lizard at Higher Hyde HeathAlways great to see these wonderful lizards. It’s just a shame that the Kestrels appear to be far better at finding them than me.
Plenty of debris for the lizards to hide in. Also a few Slow-worms and Common Lizards around and a brief glimpse of a snake disappearing into the bramble. Could have been an Adder or Smooth Snake. Unfortunately with it being so hot the snake was gone before I had chance to identify it.
Coombe Heath, Arne Bell heather
More typical heathland – Coombe Heath, Arne Bell heather and golden stems of the grasses
Silver Studded Blue
Amongst the Bell Heather still quite a few Silver Studded Blue’s around.
Silver Studded Blue (female) Silver Studded Blue (female)
Silver Studded Blue (female) And with the wings briefly open
The nationally rare Dorset Heath.

The nationally rare Dorset Heath.