The Holies – 10th October 2009

I fancied a walk up a sunny hill today so I went over to The Holies, a local National Trust grassland reserve, overlooking the Thames Valley at Streetley.

There were quite a lot of insects about, taking in the autumn sunshine – Comma & Speckled Wood along the wood edge; Meadow Brown & Painted Lady over the fields. Dor beetles were buzzing around the top of the hill looking for fresh cow-pats and sunny fence posts were innundated by Harlequin ladybirds all scurrying around.

I was also surprised by how common Helicella itala was – this is a rare downland snail nationally but in the Goring-Gap it can be very common where the grassland is managed sympathatically 🙂

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