Epping Forest - September Sun.

by Christian Moss September. 10, 2017 2809 views
Common Lizard.

Common Lizard.

Common lizard basking on heather.

I love this time of year, Autumn is officially here :^)

Small Heath.

Small Heath.

Small Heath - Wanstead Park.

The Small Heath is an inconspicuous butterfly that flies only in sunshine and rarely settles more than a metre above the ground.

The number of broods and the flight periods are variable and adults may be seen continuously from late April to September on some sites in southern England.

Crab Spider.

Crab Spider.

Ground crab spider seen at Wanstead Park.

Common Lizard.

Common Lizard.

Neonate lizard of Epping Forest.
Great time of year to see baby lizards scurrying through the purple moor grass or basking on log piles.
You can find them at Long Running, Furze Ground, Deer Shelter Plain, Dunsmead Hollow, Copley Plain, Sunshine Plain, High Beach, Fairmead, Pear Tree Plain & the Cuckoo Pits to name but a few.

Grass Snake.

Grass Snake.

Grass Snake of Epping Forest.

Common Blue.

Common Blue.

A very fresh looking male common blue - Wanstead Park.
Lots of small heath & small coppers seen as well.

Wasp Spider.

Wasp Spider.

Wasp Spider predating a damselfly - Wanstead Park.

A recent arrival in the UK from the continent and has slowly spread over the south of England.

Mating is a dangerous game for males; they wait at the edge of the web until the female has moulted into a mature form, then take advantage of her jaws being soft and rush in to mate. However, many males still get eaten during this time.

Grass Snake.

Grass Snake.

Basking Grass Snake spotted at Wanstead Park.

Common Lizard.

Common Lizard.

I could watch lizards all day, every day.

Jersey Tiger Moth.

Jersey Tiger Moth.

Jersey Tiger Moth - Wanstead Park.

It's been my best year at the park for butterflies & moths.

I've had good numbers of Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small Heath & Small Coppers.

Throw in a couple of Clouded Yellows & a Marbled White.

Common Blue.

Common Blue.

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Common Lizard.

Common Lizard.

Common or Viviparous Lizard - Lacerta vivipara / Zootoca vivipara

Grass Snake.

Grass Snake.

Grass Snake - Natrix natrix

Dragonfly.

Dragonfly.

Migrant Hawker spotted at Wanstead park.

Juvenile Adder.

Juvenile Adder.

I was determined to find adders on site 2.
This is the first year I haven't been able to find any at this location.
I spent a good couple of hours looking but nothing was found..
Off I went to site 1 where I found this juvenile, a freshly sloughed female, 2 natrix, slow worm and tons of lizards.
2017 has been bad for sites 2 & 3 where no adders have been recorded for the first time in ten years.
I will persevere.
A four year habitat action plan for lowland heath was started this year.
I'm very proud to have been part of this, I only hope it helps the herps.

Grass Snake.

Grass Snake.

The Grass Snake is the largest indigenous reptile in the UK, typically males reach 100 cm, females up to 130 cm, though larger individuals have been recorded.

Common Blue.

Common Blue.

Common Blue of Wanstead Park.

Hedgehog.

Hedgehog.

Hedgehog spotted in the afternoon at Wanstead Park.

Always nice to see this rare mammal.

Grass Snake.

Grass Snake.

The Grass Snake favours rough land and pastures, usually close to a standing body of water. Feeding almost exclusively on amphibians, some individuals may take small fish. The Grass Snake is an occasional garden visitor.

Small Copper.

Small Copper.

The Small Copper is a fast flying butterfly that, once settled, is unmistakable with its bright copper-coloured forewings.

Wanstead Park is my favourite site for this species.

Jersey Tiger Moth.

Jersey Tiger Moth.

Jersey Tiger Moth - Wanstead Park.

2017 has been a great year for this moth, I've never seen so many.

Common Blue.

Common Blue.

Common Blue of Wanstead Park.

Jersey Tiger Moth.

Jersey Tiger Moth.

Jersey Tiger Moth - Wanstead Park.

Grass Snake.

Grass Snake.

Males are smaller than females but have a relatively longer tail in comparison.

Small Copper.

Small Copper.

Small Copper of Wanstead Park.

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Lakshmi Bhat 2 years, 5 months ago

Wonderful photos, the snakes look dangerous but I think usually they are not unless disturbed. Thanks :)

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess 2 years, 5 months ago

Fabulous series of these fascinating creatures! Great camera work!

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 5 months ago

LOVE it - except the spiders of course - especially the grass snakes!

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
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