A male chalkhill blue butterfly basking in the summer sunshine at Crickley Hill near Gloucester on Thursday morning. I saw a good number of chalkhill blues on the limestone grassland around the Iron Age hill fort and on the sheltered slopes of Crickley Bottom. The area around the hillfort was a riot of colour as great numbers of summer flowers like knapweed, thistles, field scabious, harebells and birdsfoot trefoil were out in bloom and there were numerous butterflies, bees and hoverflies to be seen which has been a rare sight in this miserable summer. Unfortunately the weather has taken a turn for the worse again and we are back to wind and rain.
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Crickley hill country park
Chalkhill blue butterfly
Wildlife and nature
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