I went to have a look at Burchett’s Meadow earlier in the week as I haven’t been there for 8 years! It is a small meadow owned by the National Trust in between our two woodlands – Birchett’s and Hembury Woods. It is a small meadow with a small stream running beside it and it is rich in wildlife – a good place to see silver washed fritillaries. Our Ranger John Wales has done a good job managing the bracken.
I found this small wasp-like fly with very long antennae – initially I thought it was a hoverfly in the genus Chrysotoxum but it didn’t quite fit. After a bit of googling and leafing through field guides I realised it was a fly called Conops flavipes which is closed related to the hoverflies.