When the sun was shining brightly on Sunday, I had an urge to go out and about to find some wild flowers. After a quick peruse of the Wildlife Trust sites that fall in Gloucestershire, I grabbed my equipment and headed towards Cirencester in search of the beautiful and delicate Pasque Flower.
By following Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust’s helpful directions, I found the quiet site and began the flower hunt. Pasque Flowers have a very small blooming window in late April or early May, so I was nervous to think they may have already gone over. However, after 10 minutes of making sure to follow the right path, I spotted the stunning purple petals and to my joy, more quickly became noticeable. They really were gorgeous, especially when doused in sunlight!
Pasque Flower Cowslip Common Milkwort Gorse
After photographing the Pasque Flowers, I carried on the walk in hopes of seeing Early Purple Orchids and luckily, quickly stumbled upon a large patch. Having wanted to see wild Orchids for so long but never quite managing to, it was a lovely moment and they were simply delightful! I also saw a Red Kite, a Kestrel, Lapwings – one even mobbed the Red Kite, brave thing! – and a hare to name a few.
Early Purple Orchid Kestrel Lapwing mobbing a Red Kite
With the weather as glorious as it was, I decided to take a detour to Mythe Railway on the way home. Once part of a Royal Hunting Forest for King John, the quiet Mythe Railway is a lovely place to go to get away from it all; plus, with a wooded area and meadow next to the river, it’s a great place for plants and butterflies. There’s also plenty of bird life and I was fortunate enough to hear and – eventually – see a Cuckoo, which ended the day nicely!
Sycamore Tree Cuckoo Flower a.k.a ‘Lady’s Smock’
It was a great to be at the nature reserves in the sun and I certainly had an excellent day for flora and fauna species!