Monday & Tuesday Site Catch Up

Over the last two days Becky Woodgate has been standing in for me. As previously mentioned she is the appointed Polden Landscape Champion for Butterfly Conservation, so any questions about this role are welcome. She has been sending me notes about her two days on site so that I can fill you all in on the days that I have missed.

27th June, Monday:

“The day started quite cloudy but the sunny spells allowed for a decent transect and I counted 7 adults along with meadow browns, small heaths and marbled whites.  The skies cleared just after lunch but I had to dash off to New hill and Tannager, further along the Polden ridge, to walk the transect there as the weather isn’t looking great for the rest of the week.

I came back mid afternoon whilst the sun was still shining (although was pretty breezy) and I recorded 6 adults along with meadow browns, small heaths, marbled whites, ringlets and large skippers.  I enjoyed meeting the visitors and chatting to them.  I hope that I was helpful and also my local knowledge of the Poldens and surrounding area useful for visitors wanting to experience other good sites for butterflies.” [Becky Woodgate]

Here are some of the images that she had taken for Monday:

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28th Tuesday

“I only did the morning transect as the weather took a turn for the worst.  Although windy, the slopes further down were better and quite warm and I recorded 10 adult large blues (6 on section 1).

I watched the weather closing in, coming across the levels and so packed up at about 1pm. Before the rain arrived I stood and watched a Kestrel hunting (my favourite bird of prey).  I noticed it about yesterday too.  Today I managed to get a couple of photos with my battered old bridge camera.” [Becky Woodgate]

Here are those wonderful photo’s that Becky captured, taken on Tuesday:

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Again, any questions please do ask.

P.s. A big thank you to Becky and all of the other volunteers that have stood in for me!



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