Great Orme, Llandudno, Wales 22nd June 2010

A much needed day off work! visiting the Great Orme at Llandudno with Dave Bryant and Dave Hardy. Scorching hot day, highlights included: cackling Fulmars on the cliff ledges, nesting Guillemots and Razorbills, Peregrine gliding along the cliff face, Choughs, Ravens, Rock Pipits. Gazzilions of Silver Studded Blues, Graylings sunning themselves on the rocks and plenty of Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries feeding on Wild Thyme and Devil’s Bit Scabious. Ruby-tailed Wasps were investigating the dry stone wall along the Marine Drive toll road probably looking for the nests of Mason Bees that it paratisizes. Plants included Wild Privet, Bloody Cranesbill, Lady’s Bedstraw, Common Rock-rose, Bugle, Wild Clary, Vervain, Dropwort, Strawberry Tree, Common Spotted Orchid and Pyramidal Orchid. Those past their best included Stinking Iris, Nottingham Catchfly and Ivy Broomrape.

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