With a continuation of this beautiful sunny weather I cancelled plans for a lie in and decided on a whim to venture into that part of The Cotswolds that lies over the border from us in Gloucestershire. I had heard that Large Blue's were on the wing at Daneway Banks Nature Reserve, a Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust Reserve between Cirencester and Stroud. This was an easy trip for me of less than thirty miles so at around 10am I was being guided by the Satnav down deep cleft, narrow country lanes that were green with overhanging branches and dappled in sunlight until I came to a tiny car park with room for no more than five cars at the bottom of a beautiful wooded valley. I walked over the old canal bridge and climbed the stile into the reserve.
|Entrance to the Reserve|
|The Large Blue butterfly slope|
|Six Spot Burnet Moth on Field Scabious|
|Nest of Yellow Meadow Ant|
|Large Blues mating|
|Large Blues on Wild Thyme|
|Female Large Blue egg laying on its foodplant Wild Thyme|
No one else came while I was there and I was left to myself, almost in a reverie, to wander the slope looking for Large Blue's. What a pleasure, what a completely satisfying and uplifting way to spend a sunny morning in such beautiful and tranquil surroundings. To make life even more bearable just on the other side of the narrow lane was The Daneway, a country pub with a garden overlooking the valley. I finished my day with a pint in the pub garden.