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 !!


Red Admiral
Oak Woodland above the Park