Five Go On An Adventure To Bryn Pydew Nature Reserve

We often and try and meet up with friends on the rare occasions we are in North Wales and not guiding. The problem is that everyone has busy lives so trying to find a date that folks can make is tricky. But with smart phones and a little luck sometimes we manage it, so five of us, Alan, Ruth, Becky, Mike and Holly managed to have a day we could all make. Now what were we going to do? Mike had mentioned seeing Purple Hairstreak butterfly at a local nature reserve, Alan of course groaned because we were not going birding, but the rest thought that would be a fun thing to look for.

Painted Lady Butterfly photo by Holly Peek.

After some initial confusion about just where Bryn Pydew Nature Reserve is, it turns out only a few miles south of our home in Llandudno, we all met up at the reserve. With five of us we were soon cracking jokes about the Enid Blyton books “Famous Five Go…” and as always when we get together there was a lot of laughter. We stepped through the entrance gate to this small North Wales Wildlife Trust reserve, an area of limestone pavement with woodland, and were greeted by a cloud of Painted Lady butterflies! These gorgeous creatures have invaded the UK in what must be millions this summer and a very welcome invasion it is too. We hardly moved for next twenty minutes watching these wonderful butterflies and adding Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper and Common Blue to the butterfly list.

We walked down the slope through mixed woodland and then out onto another small area of limestone pavement. No much about at first glance but then the sun broke through the clouds and it warmed up quickly. More Painted Ladies apearded as if by magic, a beautiful prestine Peacock butterfly showed off on a patch of exposed limestone. Six Common Buzzards called, soared and fought above us, a Raven flapped over and nice to see a few Common Swifts still arching across the sky, would these be our last of summer?

Ruth spotted a small butterfly around an oak tree, which due to the slope, was not far above eye-level, luckily it landed. Everyone quickly had it in their binoculars and there was a chorus of “Purple Hairstreak!” and it was one. We could clearly see the beautiful purple on the wings, wow, just brilliant. What a great adventure the five were having. Holly was busy photographing the Purple Hairstreak and taking video both of which came out really well, despite the rather bonkers “commentary” in the back ground of the video!

And this is it the Purple Hairstreak Butterfly photo by Holly Peek.

At the next open area we found another cracking little butterfly, Brown Argus, a real beauty. Luckily this one was low down in the grass making it much easier to see. Again Holly took some great photos and video, more crazy “commentary” picked up in the back ground.

The Brown Argus Butterfly photographed by Holly Peek.

We followed the circular walk back to the entrance and all agreed it had been a great fun walk and the butterflies had been wonderful to see, even Alan almost enjoyed himself but of course not enough birds!

Heading down to Glan Conwy we all enjoyed a lovely lunch at Snowdonia Nursey and lots more laughs. Hope the five can enjoy lots more adventures soon and maybe be joined by more lovely folks for great wildlife and great fun.

If you are looking for a short break this Autumn our North Wales tour might be of interest. We have a great selection of birds and habitats all within a few miles of our home here in Llandudno. Come and join us in September for our five day “Best of North Wales Tour” where we visit a wide range of habitats enjoying over 120 species of birds at a pace that gives us plenty of time to really enjoy the birds. The tour is based at a lovely country hotel with lots of birds around the hotel, great food throughout too! For all the details or to book your place please email us.

Please email us here to arrange your very own Birdwatching Trip…..

We look forward to enjoying wonderful birds and great fun with you soon!

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