Caught on Camera

Heading to a woodland in Staffordshire one evening we were hoping to see badgers. We have seen badgers in this particular woodland before as well as fresh signs of badgers including numerous dens. We stood quietly by a tree at dusk but as the evening drew in we realised we would have to give up…

The Purple Emperor

Name: Purple Emperor Butterfly Place: Fermyn Woods Date: 24th/25th June 2017 Weather: Sunny Seeing this butterfly for the first time in such pristine condition made me realise what all the hype is about. We saw one last year but unfortunately it was on its last legs and slightly scruffy looking. Initially the purple emperor landed on…

Large Blue Butterfly

Name: Large Blue Butterfly Place: Collard Hill Date: 17th/18th June 2017 Time: 1.00pm Weather: Sunny and hot In hope of catching my first glimpse of a large blue butterfly, we headed to Collard Hill, a National Trust reserve in Glastonbury. Collard Hill was opened in 2002 on behalf of the Large Blue Partnership. After disappearing from the…

Froglets

Name: Common Frog Place: Wolseley Centre Date: 11th June 2017 Time: 4.30pm Weather: Cloudy After commenting on the fact that I never see as many frogs as I used to, my prayers were answered when an army of tiny froglets literally plagued the Wolseley Centre one evening on migration to the pond. There were hundreds upon hundreds and…

Turtle Dove

Name: Turtle Dove Place: RSPB Otmoor Date: 4th June 2017 Time: 3.00pm Weather: Cloudy Wow! How lucky are we to finally see a turtle dove. It is a bird we have wanted to see for a very long time and a visit to RSPB Otmoor gave us some very lovely views. Turtle dove numbers are rapidly declining so…

The Sand Lizard

Name: Sand Lizard Place: RSPB Arne Date: 31st May/2nd June 2017 Time: 6.00pm Weather: Sunny We have seen almost all of the British reptiles, so heading to RSPB Arne where all 6 native reptiles live, we were hoping to catch glimpses of both the sand lizard and smooth snake. A lot of our time was dedicated to the…

Marsh Fritillary

Name: Marsh Fritillary Place: Powerstock Common Date: 30th May 2017 Time: 11.00am Weather: Sunny/Cloudy Look at the detail on this butterfly. It amazes me how intricate the patterns on each butterfly is and the marsh fritillary is one of my absolute favourites in the world of British butterflies…

Grizzled Skipper

Name: Grizzled Skipper Place: Powerstock Common Date: 30th May 2017 Time: 6.00pm Weather: Sunny/Cloudy The grizzled skipper is a butterfly that has always eluded us. We spent all day at Powerstock Common. We found plenty of slow worms but no skippers. A lot of wildlife watchers say that things turn up just as you are about to give…

The Slow Worm…again!

Name: Slow Worm Place: Powerstock Common/RSPB Arne/Durlston Country Park Date: May/June 2017 Time: 11.00am – 5.00pm Weather: Sunny/Cloudy Last year we were absolutely gutted that we had never seen a slow worm. This year has certainly made up for it. In total, in the space of a week, we have seen almost 30 slow worms. Literally no…

Speckled Yellow and Cinnabar

Striking day-time flying moths, yes, moths. We often think of moths as dull looking creatures but some can be very striking like this speckled yellow and cinnabar both seen at Wyre Forest… The Speckled Yellow… The Cinnabar…

Pearl-Bordered and Small Pearl-Bordered Fritillary

Name: Pearl-bordered and Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary Place: Wyre Forest Date: 27th/28th May 2017 Time: 11.00am – 5.00pm Weather: Cloudy/Sunny I was thrilled to get some very good views of pearl-bordered and small bordered fritillary during a whole weekend at the Wyre Forest. Butterflies for me are like the fairies of the forest; they have the power…

Common Blue Butterfly

Name: Common Blue Butterfly Place: Apedale Country Park Date: 23rd May 2017 Time: 5.00pm Weather: Sunny This little butterfly needs a mention on my blog. Most of us see a butterfly flutter past but how many of us actually look at each one that lands? I just love the blue, fluffy body of this butterfly in particular and…