Snape/Tunstall Forest/Iken/Blaxhall Common, 10 July 2020

On Friday we headed to the coast to an area we'd not walked for a while. Parking up near Blaxhall Common we did an anti-clockwise circuit through Tunstall Forest to Iken then back via Snape Maltings and Blaxhall Common.

On the way, at Metfield Common, the sight of a pair of Turtle Doves on the road was superb, especially as the male was displaying to the female on the tarmac!

The walk itself had plenty of interest too with White Admiral and Purple Hairstreak both seen as well as plenty of Essex Skippers, Green-veined White and Red Admirals. Plant-wise I had some new ones for the ever-growing list - Sea Plantain, Bugloss, Common Fiddleneck, Round-headed Leek and Redshank plus masses of Sea Lavender along the Alde saltmarshes and Small-flowered Cranesbill.

On the way home we made a brief stop in Theberton Woods but the weather was far from perfect for butterflies. I did manage 1 Silver-washed Fritillary plus Common Spotted Orchids and a nice clump of Dotted Loosestrife.


Sea Lavender

Sea Plantain

Common Fiddleneck


Small-flowered Cranesbill

Dotted Loosestrife

Common Spotted Orchid

   Round-headed Leek

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