I found copse snails, Arianta arbustorum, resting on nettles, creeping thistle and hogweed leaves in the company of White-lipped and Kentish snails. All the ones I picked up, without fail, emerged rapidly from their shells as soon as I put them on my hand, in contrast to Kentish Snails, which remained inside their shell.
There were quite a few Small Tortoiseshells on the thistles by the entrance, and a Comma. I started seeing Commas two days ago, and I've seen them every day.
Male Small Skipper on Creeping thistle
A male Volucella pellucens resting
Goat's beard, Tragopon pratensis
Female Dronefly, Eristalis tenax
Copse snail, Arianta arbustorum
Kentish (left) and Copse (right) snails, demonstrating different behaviour when picked up.
- Meadow Brown
- Speckled Wood
- Red Admiral
- Small Tortoiseshell
- Little Skipper
- Large Skipper
- Green-veined White
- Small White