It was a rare day of sunshine, warm and almost rainless and the insects were making the most of it. Down by the river Pont the marsh marigold is over but the cuckoo flower is out in abundance, fed on by the passing orange tips and green-veined whites. Small stripey snipe flies (Rhagio scolopacea) gathered in places, settling on grass or flowers.
Over the river a couple of small copper butterflies engaged in an aerial battle, vying for a territory. They joined together in a spinning dance, each trying to come out as the best so as to take this chunk of field as a patch of their own. After a couple of minutes of spiralling one settled on a daisy clearly the winner (though why this should be so was less clear), whether this was the original holder of the land or the challenger is not known!
On the bank near the small coppers the buttercups were in full flower, meadow and bulbous varieties were there with creeping buttercup in the shorter grass. Bulbous buttercup tends to grow in more diverse grasslands and is clearly distinguished by the sepals (the leaflets behind the petals) turning back down the stem. Also here were flowering pignut, speedwells and the often overlooked ribwort plantain. In the hedges the may blossom on the hawthorn is now flowering and in some cases barely a leaf is still visible beneath the white covering.