One of the beauties of my job is travelling around Leicestershire and on my way to work this morning I stopped in at the wonderful Nature Alive in Coalville. This brownfield site is an excellent example of what can be done. There is plenty of water and a load of viewing platforms/board-walks over water – excellent for getting close to Dragonflies.
As this morning was generally cloudy with some breaks I was hoping to get some perched Hawkers – sadly the only Ode resting was this Common Blue Damselfly.
A good showing, well I think so, of Oxford Ragwort held hordes of hungry Cinnabar Moth caterpillars.
Good numbers of Butterflies were on the wing during sunny spells.
If you’re passing Coalville on the A511 by-pass and have a bit of time to spare – drop in to Nature Alive, turn towards Coalville at the McDonalds roundabout and then right into the Aldi car park to find the entrance… I doubt you’ll be disappointed. I will certainly be visiting much more often.