Saturday saw a cool start to the day but with blue skies and clouds quickly moving across. It took a little while for the air temperature to warm up. The first Large Blue was found perching on bramble in the eastern side of the site, and reports came filtering in that the Large Blue’s were moving around on the western side of the site.
I walked over to the western side of the site near the entrance where you enter from Ivythorn car park around 11ish and discovered 3 or 4 individuals flying around, plus a very fresh Small Tortoiseshell.
Most people visiting during the morning got good sightings although most of the butterflies were camera shy only willing to show their underside!! We had people travelling from Wales, London, Surrey and Hampshire to get a glimpse of a Large Blue. People were helping each other see one along with us the wardens pointing them out.
In the afternoon there was a lull, the butterflies had a little siesta for a couple of hours and not much was on the wing at all, this lull lasted till about 3.30/4.00 where Large Blue’s were seen once again nectaring on Daisy, Clover and Wild Thyme. A couple of new Bee Orchids were also discovered along the eastern slopes.
So in total we think there are at least 10 to 12 individuals flying on site at the moment. You won’t be disappointed if you visit Collard Hill over the next few days, and you may also get a sighting of Marbled Whites which are starting to fly.
I hope to see you on the site over the coming weeks.