Posted by: mynaturaldiary | August 4, 2014

The Guns of August

A trip across Commondale, shortly before the Heather blooms again.

Commondale

The heather is out in patches; perfect purple.

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Hidden amongst the heather are Red Grouse.

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Little do they know the fate that awaits them in a weeks time, when the Guns of August will blaze forth on the Glorious 12th.

Also hidden in the heather is a sad memorial to another time; 100 years ago when the Guns of August also blazed forth.

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Strange to think that those expecting the annual slaughter of Moorland birds were caught up in something wholly unanticipated..

For now, the grouse hide, but when flushed, fly into the air

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racing for cover.

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Red Grouse (Lagopus lagopus)

Another Moorland bird this time of year is the Golden Plover.

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Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria)

A Brown Hawker appeared on the Moor.

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Brown Hawker (Aeshna grandis)

The sheep are curious at our crossing.

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As we leave the Moor in the woods is a special butterfly.

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Mountain Ringlet (Erebia epiphron)

Back at Cafe Twitch, the Budlea attracts more common butterflies.

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Small White (Pieris rapae)

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Small Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis urticae)


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