Over the last few years Caerphilly Countryside service have been running photographic walks in conjunction with Photographer Tim Collier , The walk Last Sunday ( 18th ) was at Parc Cwm Darran near Deri ( not the one in Northern Ireland !! ) and the surrounding countryside , it was guided by Countryside Ranger James Bower who managed to bring back the same number of walkers that started in the morning !
I’ve driven most of the roads in that area but its not untill you get out and start walking that you realise how much you can’t see from the car window, Habitat ranged from the lake at the park through old oak woodland , open moor and old railway tracks now surfaced and part of the National Cycle path network. The buddleia on these pathways was alive with Butterflies , Large Whites , Peacock , Comma , and Red Admiral were to name a few.
James had warned the the two of them it was quite boggy !!
Oak Woodland above the Park
Back off holidays and back out with the camera, But what to do ?
Back a few weeks ago i had been at the Aberbargoed grasslands , and i quote from the Caerphilly countryside website “Aberbargoed Grasslands is a National Nature Reserve Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and it is also protected as a site of European importance for the large population of Marsh Fritillary butterflies and its Purple Moor grass and rush pasture ” – so now you know !
Near the main Education Centre , there’s a small pond and lately it’s been home to a lot of Dragonflies and Damsels, this i thought would be a good starting point, i found that after two trips there , the best day was the overcast one with patches of sun , the first day was hot and the damn things couldn’t keep still ! – a bit less sun calmed them down some what.
Scarce Emerald Damselfly , i may be wrong – probably
Blue-tailed Damselfly Male