A Blue Flash.

The Country Park can seem a large site when exploring its 852 acres, but sometimes there are unexpected delights to be found on the tiniest scale. Whilst searching the gorse around the quarry’s seasonal pond for Gorse Shieldbugs (which were found) a flash of metallic blue caught the eye. It was deep within the rosette of a very spiny thistle, and could only be approached through bramble, mud and water. Investigation proved worthwhile for it appeared to be a Blue Shieldbug, a notable first for the Country Park. Attempts to get a decent picture proved impossible, but there is sufficient detail to warrant further investigation: updates on the outcome will be forthcoming.