Saturday 12th June

Small Tortoiseshell - Sarah Meredith

Hello all,

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.

Bee Orchid - Sarah Meredith

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.

Sarah

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About largebluewarden

I am the Large Blue warden for Collard Hill, and will be on site Wednesday through to Sunday with other volunteers. I graduated in December 2009 from Reading University, with an MSc in Wildlife Management and Conservation. Before coming to Glastonbury to work with the Large Blue, I was carrying out research into the Glanville Fritillary on the Isle of Wight. While my thesis for my Msc was looking at ‘The habitat requirements of the Small Heath Coenonympha pamphilus in the uplands’. Butterflies and photography are my passion and I am looking forward to a great flight season on Collard Hill and hope to meet many of you who are reading this blog.

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