Butterfly heaven

Today was a beautiful day and, though I was on the outskirts from Glastonbury festival, I was definitely feeling part of some magic being surrounded by such a number of butterflies. Some Large Blues circled very closely around me for the first time, making me feel like I was in a butterfly exhibit (or perhaps truly becoming a butterfly whisperer… as some of my friends are joking!). Despite the afternoon heat, myself and the National Trust’s James Robbins who I worked with today saw about 40 Large Blues today; as many as there were Meadow Browns.

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Large Blue on thistle

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Finding a high point to enjoy the view

The hot afternoon saw a very quiet site after all the visitors had gone home and much of the animal life sought shade. I did the same and enjoyed finding areas to take some photos:

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Meadow Brown

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Small Heath

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Lacewing spp.

Tomorrow should be the end of the hot spell we’ve had this week with wind speeds picking up, but there is intermittent sun forecast, so I’m not expecting a drop in butterfly sightings at all. Our grass and poor wild flowers can certainly use a little rain, too.

Make sure you look up traffic conditions, preferably avoiding Glastonbury town, when planning your visit this week!

-Gabrielle, Volunteer ranger

 

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2 thoughts on “Butterfly heaven

  1. This is very insightful and I look forward to reading more of these blogs day-by-day. also, very wise with the traffic advice! I imagine everything from Glasto to Pilton (9 miles) will be at a stand still! fingers crossed for some rain soon!

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