I have watched the crops grow golden, the Large Blues come and go and the sun rising and falling in Somerset since the 30th of May. What a wonderful experience it has been, but all good things must come to an end. Therefore, it is time to say goodbye to Collard Hill and all of it’s inhabitants. A new chapter of adventure awaits me.


Here are a few images I have taken over the course of my time on Collard Hill which I did not manage to put on the blog posts:

Goodluck to the 2017 Large Blue Butterfly Volunteer Ranger. May the Large Blues be another success in your presence!






Sunny Collard Hill

What a great day today turned out to be. There was sunshine, there were new butterflies and there were visitors to keep me company. But there were no Large Blue butterfly appearances, instead I was graced with the presence of another beautiful butterfly; a Peacock butterfly.

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Peacock Butterfly

It was also a great day for Cloud Busting! Can anyone else see a Poodle in the clouds?

cloud poodle

Cloud Busting

I also saw these, but wasn’t sure on what they were exactly, can anyone help?

Silver Y moth

Silver Y Moth again?

bee or wasp

Bee or Wasp?

It is getting closer and closer for the end of my time at Collard Hill, even with the extra week I still do not want to leave. It is a gorgeous site and no-one should under-appreciate it for a moment.


Are you interested in the Large Blue Project?

Are you enthusiastic person who is an able communicator and can demonstrate experience of working with the public?

Do you have an active interest in environmental conservation; a good knowledge of butterfly ecology and monitoring techniques?

Are you physically fit and able to walk up and down Collard Hill in all weather conditions?

Are you free from Wednesday 30th May to the Friday 6th July?

If all your answers are yes then read on…

We are looking for someone to be our Volunteer Large Blue Ranger through the 2012’s Large Blue Butterfly Flight Season. If your interested and would like further information then please contact: Hayley.Dorrington@Nationaltrust.org.uk