I finally got round to a walk in the Dean today, a place I don’t know at all. I was utterly captivated, there is so much of interest on so many levels. My walk began near Dry Carr and took in Booth, Bank House, Cat in th’ Well (cracking pub), Saltonstall and Throstle Bower. I didn’t see much in the way of birds, but there were lots of butterflies about, including common blues, meadow browns, my first large skipper of the year, speckled woods and ringlets – by far the commonest by a country mile, they were everywhere. I also saw a few chimney – sweeper moths (my first for a year or two) and what I think was a common green grasshopper.