Last weekend, like presumably the entire UK population, I took full advantage of the good weather.
I had some friends visiting so we decided to get the train to Ilkley and go for a walk. Our route took us along the river Wharfe to Bolton Abbey and up onto the moors before heading back down through bluebell filled woods to Ilkley.
It was a brilliant walk in terms of wildlife, with birds, butterflies and bumblebees everywhere we looked!
Most exciting for me was my first redstart and the first dipper I’ve seen in a long time. Once we got up to the moors and upland fields there were curlew and lapwing galore flying over our heads and filling the air with their distinctive calls.
Butterfly-wise I saw plenty of orange-tips, a couple of small white and large white, small tortoiseshell, peacock, a couple of lovely fresh looking red admirals and brimstone. I also spotted several common heath moths, very well camouflaged against the heather and sandy earth.
The day ended with a fish and chips and a couple of pints in Ilkely. A lovely end to a fantastic day!