Just 15 minutes walk from Sapperton School, the slopes of Daneway Banks are carpeted in orchids, herbs, grasses and flowers of all colours. A special location for so much wildlife, this Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust reserve is home the the rare (and once extinct in UK) large blue butterfly. I have explored the local area with the school children before, discovering rhino beetles and orchids but we’ve never been lucky enough to see the large blue. The children and teachers were really keen to try again, so after postponing once due to rain, today was the day. The weather was perfect, a cloud of marbled white butterflies and orchids greeted us as we entered. And then one large blue butterfly flew past the children! This glimpse didn’t offer the chance for photography, however half an hour later, under darker skies, we spotted a second large blue butterfly settled on a self-heal flower. Below are just a few of the children’s stunning photographs. This photography by Sapperton pupils and 30 other schools across Gloucestershire is part of the Wild At Heart project. The Wild at Heart Gloucestershire exhibition goes on display to the public in September – do come along details here.
Large Blue success
Bee Orchid (above) and Pyramid Orchid (below)
Marbled White butterflies