Sunday 4th July

Evening all,

This morning didn’t start well for me as I managed to nearly knock myself out so I came onto site a little dazed with a sore head!! As I walked up the hill the wind hit me. Like Thursday the wind was strong all day, but Large Blue’s could be found in the area near the Scots Pines as you enter site from the YHA. This area, which us wardens know as the Quarry, offers sheltered conditions on days like this and around 6 individuals were recorded there this morning.

I spent the morning continuing the egg counts and found 3 Large Blue caterpillars, once I am back on wireless internet I will try to upload a picture of one (which will be tomorrow evening), I got very excited when I found them. By lunch time I was feeling slightly less dazed and had finished the egg counts so went to explore the quarry. The sun had disappeared and the black cloud cover had settled but we managed to find 2 Large Blue’s flying at  the bottom of the quarry which was great.

Numbers are very low now, but over the past couple of days around 6 individuals have been witnessed over the site. There is a definite feel that the Large Blue season is coming to an end, but with so many adults being seen over the flight season the prospects for another great year in 2011 are high. So if you have missed the Large Blues this year why not put it in your diary ready for next year.

Over the coming days I will continue to monitor the Large Blue and record when the last flight day is,  I feel that might be in the next couple of days. I will also finish compiling the transect data and will be able to inform you of the numbers recorded on transect.

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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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