Minera, Wrexham 8/7/10

A rewarding visit to the extensive disused limestone quarries a short distance above Minera. The wooded lower slopes had numerous common twayblade, a good cluster of broad-leaved  helleborine and a meadow full of meadow browns, ringlets and common spotted orchids. The lower overgrown quarry was rich in c.s. orchids, pyramidal orchids and at least 2 dozen fragrant orchids Рa nice surprise, as was a sprinkling of mossy saxifrage along a water course. Small pools held a golden-ringed dragonfly and a broad-bodied chaser. Graylings were on the bare rocks whereas the areas of grass, birdsfoot trefoil and wild thyme had impressive numbers of small heaths. This was against a background of loud peregrines.

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