Evening everyone, Christine here, and the Blues are still flying at Collard! We’re being treated to some beautiful weather at the tail end of the flight season, and continued to get some good sightings on the hill today in sun and much gentler wind. Like yesterday, the start was slow, with no Blues being seen until well after 10am, when a couple were fluttering on the main track. The morning was warm and sunny and the transect picked up 7 individuals, mostly in the Eastern glade but a couple were on the upper slope above the main track.
The Eastern glade and main track remained top spots for Large Blue sightings today, with butterflies flying throughout the day. A slight lull in activity post lunch probably reflected the much warmer weather conditions, with the afternoon transect walk only recording two Blues. Visitors today certainly had some successful sightings, with several people getting over 15 views around Collard. There were not any records of Large Blues in the Quarry, but Hummingbird Hawkmoth sightings were reported from that end of the site. I finally got some great views of the Hummingbird too, just by the main track at around 5pm.
After several weeks our transect walk at Collard has left its mark on the lower meadow, as you can see above, we no longer have to wonder exactly where the path goes! The weather continues to look reasonable over the weekend period and hopefully the remaining butterflies will keep flying for anyone visiting the hill. Be sure to catch Countryfile at 8pm on Sunday 3rd July, as they will be talking about the Large Blue project at Collard Hill and in the Cotswolds. Thanks to Winston Plowes for another lovely shot of a Large Blue from earlier in the season.