Justin Wyllie

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Cotswold Way 1

I’ve started walking the Cotswold Way – at weekends. The route runs from Chipping Camden to Bath. Today I walked a section from Chipping Camden to Broadway.

The Common Blue butterfly is indeed common. Its larvae feed on bird’s foot trefoil and other members of the pea family.

The Speckled Wood is also common. I photographed the Orange Tip on a ‘woodland ride’ which is where my excellent Dorling Kindersley guidebook says they are most likely to be found. The distribution of the Orange Tip is somewhat patchy but can be locally abundant.

Broadway Tower was built for Lady Coventry in 1798. More on WikiPedia

Finemere Woods (Buckinghamshire)

The woods were lovely today. Many butterflies starting to appear. I saw Brimstones, Orange Tips, a speckled Wood butterfly – and quite a lot of white ones, which could have been small whites.

Cuckoo flower. likes roadside verges and damp places

Bush Vetch – member of the pea and clover family. Good for bees.

Mouse ear – considered a weed of cereal crops. Grows throughout the UK.

The Speckled Wood butterfly tends to be found in woodland. It prefers to feed on honeydew. Honeydew is a sugar-rich liquid secreted by aphids and other insects while they feed on plant sap. The Speckled Wood is not threatened. More information from Butterfly Conservation.

The Small White butterfly is extremely common. Its larvae feed on the cabbage family of plants and are considered a pest in the garden. Note the grey tinge on the wings.


3 images from the sea-front at Sherringham, Norfolk. The bird is a Turnstone. (Status: Amber).

Raifa Monastery



Raifa Monastery is situated 27 km to the West of Kazan. The monastry was founded in 1613. The site is adjacent to a lake. The area is now a protected nature reserve. In 1928 the Bolsheviks plundered the monastery. At this time they destroyed the monastery cementery. In 1991 the bones of the deceased were re-buried in a common grave and the area marked with a memorial cross and flower garden. The Bolsheviks also used the site for a prison for juvenile delinquents. Work on restoring the monastery began in the early 1990s. Today the buildings have been fully restored though some internal work remains to be done.

Trinity Cathedral (slide 2) was built in 1904-10.

The monastery now houses an orphanage for boys where they receive a secular education and support once they leave the monastery.

The monastery also hosts an excellant quartet, ‘Pritcha’, (‘parable’), who sing Russian Orthodox hymns and folk songs. They have toured abroad, including to England in 2008, where they performed in Salisbury Cathedral.

Source: http://www.raifa.ru/english/