I've been meaning to visit Temple Balsall for a few weeks now. Originally I planned to visit the churchyard but then I saw photos on Twitter by @TempleBalsallNR showing a wonderful wildflower meadow so we decided to go in search of that.
We parked by Temple Balsall Cemetery which
has fox and cubs flowering and I
The Wildflower Meadow is on the other side of the lane at Temple Fields which is a Natural Burial Ground. The site covers many acres and at the moment it is a wonderful and tranquil site just full of wild flowers as far as you can see.
Wildflowers included Poppies, Ox-eye Daisies, Yarrow, Knapweed, Bird's Foot Trefoil, Viper's Bugloss, Wild Carrot, Foxgloves, Mallow, Corn Marigold, Cornflowers and Clover. Paths are cut through the meadow and the whole place was full of insects - butterflies (Skippers, Ringlet, Meadow Brown and Gatekeeper were seen), hoverflies, beetles and so many bees.
Small or Essex Skipper - I have huge problems separating the species!
A butterfly bank has been created near the entrance.
Many thanks to Temple Balsall NR for tweeting photos and kindly letting me know where the wild flower meadow is.
*D Photos taken by my son with the Canon SX50HS bridge camera
Rest of photos taken by me with the Panasonic Lumix FZ330 bridge camera.
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