So we set off in totally the wrong direction and watched these brown hawker dragonflies laying their eggs in the brook.
then we headed into the centre of the common and came across an area of wild mint.
the mint proved a huge attraction for various insects, moths and butterflies.
and we also saw a few fast moving common blue butterflies which didn't settle long in any one place so I spent quite a bit of time chasing after these before they landed long enough for me to catch up and try to photograph!
And there were grasshoppers jumping all over the place too. I think this is a meadow grasshopper, is it?
Cotton grass, eriophorum
eventually we came across a few small low lying clumps of heather calluna vulgaris, we didn't manage to find the erica sp. although it is also found on the common.