Sunday 20th June

Mating Pair - Phil Smith June 2010

Sunday saw a busy day, it was the official publicised open day. In total 134 people came onto site, with the majority of people visiting in the morning.

The butterfly didn’t disappoint, it was on the wing from around 9.45am, and was active across the whole site. Even with the number of people on site it didn’t feel too crowded. Females were witnessed egg laying and a mating pair were found on the eastern glade. Most individuals were looking very fresh with only a few old tatty ones.

Marbled whites are flying in big numbers, challenging the Meadow Brown’s for numbers on the daily transects!!

The Large Blue continued to fly well through the morning, until around 3pm when the slopes went quiet and they had gone for their siesta!! A few individuals were picked up around 4.30pm when it started to cool just a little.

 Everybody who visited got wonderful sightings, with some people seeing over 15 individuals. Sunday was a great day.
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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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