Although the eastern part of the reserve occupies an old cutting and is therefore constricted as regards width, the western area opens up to form a meadow-like area of great interest botanically and entomologically (and probably several other 'cally' interests too).
The day was set fair as I set out and fortunately it stayed that way. The weather clearly suited butterflies too. There were no rarities or even vaguely uncommon ones but several Marbled Whites, Melanargia galathea, were visiting scabious and other plants. As on other occasions I found that they were not easily 'spooked' so I could approach easily for a photograph.
Marbled White on Scabious, Knautia arvensis. Woodford
Halse Nature Reserve. 14 July, 2016