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Flight Season has begun!
Today I was showing Christine, our new volunteer ranger for the large blue, around Collard keeping a hopeful eye out for anything blue and fluttering. At first we saw a couple of common blues but then there was something wholly different, a duskier hue with crisp black tear drops on the hind wings. Very thoughtfully the butterfly, a female, perched on bramble for Chrstine and I to get a close look. definitely no orange roundals on the underside, definitely a large blue. Our first of the season and our earliest record for Collard Hill. I snapped it with my very lower powered camera phone so apologies for the poor quality but here’s the snap I took.
As it flitted away we caught another sight of the dusky top side. Then as we continued walking round we came across two more, so the flight season is definitely now underway.
The site continues to look drought strained in parts of the Eastern Glade but the wild thyme is just starting to appear
With clear sun predicted for tomorrow and most of the weekend the prospects for the next few days are looking promising. Keep checking here for the latest updates