No trip to Towyn Farm is complete without an ascent of Carn Fadryn. Little S calls it Birthday Hill, because he has so often climbed it on his birthday. This year we were a little later, but he was still keen to return. Many of the rest of the party wanted to stay on the beach however, so it was a select band, just S, TBH and myself who made the trip.
Most of the usual elements were present, including Gatekeepers….
…and Labyrinth Spiders.
Lots of Gatekeepers in fact.
Expanding views as we climbed.
Oh, and did I mention the Gatekeepers? This was one of five on a small patch of Bell Heather.
The tapestry of flowers was as colourful as ever.
We always seem to spot several Dor Beetles.
The extensive views from Carn Fadryn could be specifically designed for the panoramic function on my camera. (Click on the pictures to see larger versions).
Something I don’t recall being so noticeable on previous visits was the profusion of Bumblebees taking advantage of the flowers.
This very pale species seemed particularly prevalent.
We didn’t see Choughs this year, which we sometimes have, but we were compensated by a large and very boisterous group of ravens flying near the summit. Large groups of ravens, I believe, are often composed of juvenile or immature birds which have not yet paired up with a partner. That might explain the exuberant, tumbling, acrobatic flights of some of the birds – adolescent showing off.
The presence of Butterflies on the summit is also something of a fixture. This year there were several Red Admirals and a couple of tatty looking Painted Ladies.