And finally , a very common flower , but I couldn't resist photographing it in hazy sunlight . It is Germander Speedwell .
Once the sun came out , butterfly numbers increased dramatically . In all , in excess of 20 Peacocks were recorded , including a couple of pairs with mating on their minds . Brimstones came in with about 8/10 , including this one feeding on Bluebells . Three Orange Tip males were recorded , none stopping for a photo , two Green Veined Whites , and just a single Comma .
and Wild Garlic-Ransomes ,
Reptiles were even more scarce on a day , once the mist lifted , seemed perfect for them . Of the 33 pairs of refugia lifted on two sites , only three Slow Worms were found under them , and three Grass Snakes and two male Adders found close to them . The two male Adders were in the place where I witnessed combat between two males , fighting over a female , last year . Both males were what some people call 'silverbacks' , as their colouring is an off white and black combination . One 'slough' the shed skin of a snake was found on the Juniper patch .On the way round , I found my first Orchid in flower bud . It is the Common Twayblade , so called because of it's two leaves . It is probably the least colourful of all the Orchids , as it's flowers are green like the leaves and stem , but always good to see . Also found flowering were , Billberry
Also found were a pair of Bee Flies - making more Bee Flies .
On the way home , I stopped off at Biggin Hill to see how the Early Purple Orchids were doing , and found that one plant had a flower spike , and the first flowers were just opening .