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…
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!
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.
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.
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!