After our underground adventure, there was still a nature trail to enjoy in the grounds of the show cave.
The Jonte valley is perhaps not quite as spectacular as the Tarn, but it’s pretty impressive nonetheless.
The nature trail was short, on a rather rough path, but it certainly held plenty of interest.
This looks different than the other lizards we saw during our trip. I think that it might be a Large Psammodromus. B had just spotted another lizard, which he told me was really long. The Large Psammodromus has an extremely long tail, which unfortunately we can’t see here, but also the dark stripe with pale borders.
Griffon Vultures were flying around the cliffs below us, sometimes quite close, but whilst I have many photos, not one of them is in focus and sharp. We did see several birds on a nearby ledge however…
I think that these two might be juveniles.
Giant Banded Grayling.
There were more Marbled Whites about too, but my photographs didn’t come out too well.
My guess is that these are some sort of Dianthus, something like our own Cheddar Pink which flowers in July and August and likes limestone. I noticed today that we have similar flowers in our own garden, still flowering in late October, which is a nice reminder of the summer.
On our return journey we drove down the Jonte valley to it’s confluence with the Tarn, stopping to admire the views and the sight of many more vultures soaring around the cliffs high above.