A trip to Beacon Hill
by, 22-08-2013 at 22:11 (1278 Views)
Just a short one, this time.
In order to maintain my boast of having visited all of the Gwent Wildlife Trust's, I made my way up to Beacon Hill, near Trellech, above the Wye valley. The site is old Forestry Commission land that had the trees felled, and the Trust is now managing the site to restore heathland. They also dug a couple of ponds, just for a bit of variety. it is very much a work in progress, but it was a bit of the county that I hadn't visited before.
I took some collecting gear, but the camera saw most of the work. The weather was hot and there were butterflies, bees and hoverflies in great abundance.
Most of the action was at the pond, where there were dragonflies and damselflies in some numbers , and swallows kept skimming down to get a drink.
The late summer colours were fantastic.
Here's the local grazing regime.
It was a nice few hours out. There are nightjars on the site, so I will be back one evening just before dusk to see if I can see or hear them.