It has been a very successful day at Collard Hill for both people and butterflies due to the much improved weather conditions. There were many Large Blues in flight and nearly everyone I spoke to had managed to see one. Other butterflies making an appearance were Grizzled Skippers, Large Skippers and a Large White. This morning a group from the Somerset Earth Science Centre came to visit Collard and the highlight for them I think was an Small Elephant Hawkmoth found in the Eastern Glade.
The best areas to see the blues today were around here and also in the quarry area by the pines where I glimpsed a mating pair! On this mornings survey I saw 8 Large blues but I would estimate that there were at least 15 on site.
At the end of today, Sarah Meredith and Christine Tansey, the rangers for the last two years stopped by and managed to find a Large Blue female laying an egg, which is brilliant news after this weeks wind and rain.