Oct 282011
Isles of Scilly - Sat 22nd-28th Oct 2011

My 28th consecutive trip to the “Sacred Isles”, the Isles of Scilly. What a week – 2 lifers; 3 “Yankie” passerines and 5 “Yankie” waders, plus a self found Dusky Warbler. Plenty of padders helped us to achieve 101 species for the week. Arriving on Saturday 22nd October, I was anxious to get the Northern […]

Aug 142011
Final “Jewels” of the Butterfly Year - 14th August 2011

The traditional visit, to a superb Chalkland Hillside reserve, brings the butterfly year to a close. Aston Rowant is simply superb, despite the M40! We had good numbers of Silver-spotted Skipper, these little jewels were darting about everywhere even though the weather was not perfect. Also good numbers of Chalkhill Blue and surprise of the […]

Aug 062011
Strumpshaw Fen - Norfolk Broadland’s Gem - 6th Aug 2011

I had one resident species of butterfly left to see in Britain – SWALLOWTAIL and Strumpshaw Fen, in Norfolk is probably the best place to see them.    August is the flight period for the second brood and so I took a chance today in the hope of seeing one. The weather was not ideal […]

Jul 312011
A Day at Durlston - My last British Skipper - 31st July 2011

The best time for Lulworth Skipper is late July into August and one of the best places to see them is Durlston Country Park.   This species is not easy to find as they live in small colonies scattered along the cliff tops of the Dorset coast. Even more difficult when the sun is not […]

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