There was a good turn out for the butterfly walk on August 5th it was a glorious afternoon with a bit of a breeze. Georgie and Ian Laing, members of the Dorset Branch of Butterfly Conservation, led the walk, kindly standing in for Bernard Franklin, who was unfortunately indisposed. The butterflies came out and made good use of buddleias along the trail and most kept still or flew slowly by so that we could identify them, but a few were too quick for us to be sure. The children in our party spotted some species that older members would probably have missed. I reckon everyone had a good time.
The butterfly spotting party setting off along the Rodwell Trail near Sandsfoot Castle
Over the course of an hour or so we definitely identified eight butterfly species (Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Holly Blue, Gatekeeper, Speckled Wood, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral) and a day-flying moth (Silver Y). There were considerable numbers of Small Whites, Holly Blues and, locally, Red Admirals and Silver Ys. We may also have seen an elusive Jersey Tiger Moth and a very fast Painted Lady.