Today's excursion saw me take the train four stops out to Ben Rhydding and walk one stop back down the line to Burley in Wharfedale, taking in two nature reserves: Ben Rhydding Gravel Pits and Sun Lane LNR, en-route.
The Pits were even quieter than my last visit a month ago, a couple of Peacocks and a Green-veined White being the only butterflies I could find. Still, I sat on the bench overseeing the Wharfe and a Kingfisher flew past almost straight away.
Half a mile down the A65 was Sun Lane which is essentially a village common on the site of a former tip, now reclaimed and managed for wildlife. Today it was a sea of Devil's-bit Scabious which was the nectar source of choice for the Red Admirals (pictured), Peacocks (extra) and Green-veined Whites which showed briefly when it brightened.
Tomorrow looks like it will be sunnier, let's see what the day will bring.