Day 3 and 4:Morecambe Bay and RSPB Leighton Moss

Day 3and 4: Morecambe Bay and RSPB Leighton Moss.

The next part of our journey gave us beautiful views from our camper van over Morecambe Bay. Although everything was rather quiet when we visited RSPB Leighton Moss, we still managed to watch an osprey fishing over the lakes; feed robins from our hands (such a precious moment!); watch a sparrow hawk devour its dinner; spot spoonbills lazing in the sun; and watch marsh harriers gliding by…

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Day 2 Mam Tor and Castleton Caves

Day 2: Mam Tor: We woke up early for a walk up Mam Tor to once more enjoy spectacular views! Ravens circled the hillside and we enjoyed a pleasant hour or so before more tourists turned up…

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The rest of the morning and early afternoon was spent visiting various caverns in the Castleton area where ths 'Blue John' (bleu-jaune) stone is mined. This spectacular cave spider was a particular highlight!

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Day 1:Stanage Edge

Day 1 of our Summer Holiday began at Stanage Ridge. We didn't see any ring ouzels unfortunately but the views were beautiful…

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His Majesty - the Purple Emperor

We were supposed to be food shopping but instead we 'popped' into Fermyn Woods and found it very hard to leave. Almost immediately, we stumbled upon our first Purple Emperor of the year resting on the ride in front of us. And as usual I found myself sitting down in the dirt amongst some very dubious smells!

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It wasn't long before we were joined by several parties of butterfly enthusiasts so we took a few more snaps and then left this rather obliging subject to his adoring fans.

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Walking through this beautiful woodland surrounded by ringlets, skippers, white admirals and meadow browns, to name just a few, was wonderful. Silver washed fritillaries were out in full force and we saw at least 5 white admirals.

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A Stroll Between Showers

Rather frustratingly, it has been cloudy and rainy all day. Nevertheless, we decided to go for a stroll around Fermyn Woods just for the exercise and we did not expect to see any butterflies at all. To our amazement this beautiful white letter hairstreak fluttered towards us (there was very little light hence the grainy photo).

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We also saw 'our' hare in the same spot as usual and were also lucky enough to hear and spot several jays flying across the rides around us.


Last but not least, we found a gorgeous hedgehog in our garden the moment we returned home!