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In pictures: Nature in close-up alongside Preston’s canals

Posted on - 9th August, 2015 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Lea, Photos, Things To Do, Wildlife and Conservation
Small Tortoiseshell, Nymphalis urticae  with tattered wings on Thistle

Small Tortoiseshell, Nymphalis urticae with tattered wings on Thistle

It’s the height of summer and although it may not always feel like it, the warm temperatures are bringing the hedgerows to life along Preston’s canal towpaths.

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The photographs below were all taken along a stretch of the Lancaster Canal close to Lea Road. As well as a wide range of flowers there are beetles, bugs, butterflies, damselflies and bees all waiting to be discovered.

Exploring Preston’s canal paths is a great way of getting some exercise, a bit of fresh air and possibly even a great photograph or two along the way.

1PJM1202 1PJM1201 Speckled WoodPararge aegeria Hoverfly, Eupeodes latifasciatus

Common red soldier beetle (Rhagonycha fulva) on purple Thistle flower.

Common red soldier beetle (Rhagonycha fulva) on purple Thistle flower.

Pyronia tithonus - Gatekeeper Butterfly (Butterflies) Pyronia tithonus - Gatekeeper Butterfly (Butterflies) Damselfly mating Pyronia tithonus - Gatekeeper Butterfly (Butterflies) Hoverfly, Eupeodes latifasciatus

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